January 11, 2017
Winston Churchill has now won a Golden Globe. A very odd thought indeed. His victory comes as a character in The Crown, the new Netflix television series about the ascension of young Queen Elizabeth II to the throne in the 1950s. The Crown was awarded a Golden Globe Sunday as television’s Best Dramatic series.
November 30, 2016
September 18, 2016
September 11, 2016
This Sunday, September 11, PBS will broadcast Churchill’s Secret, an extremely well-produced Masterpiece docudrama that captures quite electrifyingly the stroke that felled Churchill in June 1953 and almost killed him. Michael Gambon, the great British thespian, inhabits Churchill honorably, and Lindsay Duncan conjures a luminous Clementine. Many of the exteriors were filmed at Chartwell itself.
We highly recommend that you tune in. The healing reverberations it gives to this solemn 9/11 commemorative Sunday feel just right.
July 1, 2016
"Brexit" (and Boris Johnson) we will save for another day (soon).
For the moment, let's keep the focus squarely on books.
Our friends at the New York Yacht Club library have deaccessioned a host of very interesting and venerable naval books from their collection.
We are proud to have them to share with you.
June 1, 2016
100 years ago this past month (on May 7, 1916), Winston Churchill left the trenches on the Western Front and came home to England. He had fought there, on the front lines of the First World War, for roughly six months; an extraordinary display of courage, resiliency and recklessness, in the wake of his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty following his scapegoating for the disaster at Gallipoli.
The best book ever written about this Churchillian escapade, long out of print but newly reissued, has landed here at Chartwell Booksellers just as we all are returning from our Memorial Day weekends. It is a most welcome reappearance.
April 11, 2016
April 11 is Chartwell Booksellers’ 33rd Birthday. We’re still here. So is Winston Churchill, at least literarily. His presence looms larger than ever. We’re very happy to have him around.
The arrival of our birthday month now sadly also signals the anniversary of our loss of Cindi Di Marzo, who passed away one year ago this coming April 25.
We miss her.
March 10, 2016
February 8, 2016
Safe in our original home, cozy (and not moved anywhere), our thoughts turn to Lullenden, Churchill’s beloved first country house (pre-Chartwell), which he bought 101 years ago this week.
Yes, it is good to be home.
January 30, 2016
Winston Churchill's epic state funeral on January 30, 1965, following his death on January 24 at the age of 90, is an occasion that we have formally commemorated here at Chartwell Booksellers for thirty-two years now, since our opening in 1983. This year, with the 51st anniversary approaching, we found ourselves searching for something new to say. And then it dawned on us: Churchill's passing and that widely-televised funeral launched the market for all things Churchill. In other words, the loss of Winston Churchill put us in business.