About Lurline Morrow
A popular Book Reviewer, Dr. Morrow has entertained thousands of people since beginning her career as a book reviewer in 2004. Dr. Morrow received the first, and only, “Best Book Reviewer” award from the Dallas Observer in their “Best of Dallas” issue, 2006.
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Lurline holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Southern Methodist University.
Each year Lurline brings to life the personalities behind the famous names. These reviews are designed to take you behind the scenes and into the lives of people whose contributions to society have earned them a place in history.
Lurline is a board member and founding member of The Dallas Professional Book Reviewers Association.
To schedule a review or speaking engagement, contact Dr. Morrow at Lmorrow33@gmail.com.
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
In this first fully researched biography of Clementine Churchill, British political reporter Purnell (Just Boris) reveals a smart, savvy, and independent-minded woman who disagreed with her husband on such political issues as women’s suffrage, and on personal matters such as “holidays, gambling, and even their own son.” Based on extensive interviews with three generations of the extended Churchill family, as well as archival work in Britain and the U.S., Purnell’s work aids readers in appreciating Clementine’s personality, her domestic life, and the political context that she and Winston lived in and helped to shape. While she spent much of her 57-year marriage apart from Winston, Clementine was fiercely loyal and immensely helpful to him, as shown through anecdotes featuring key figures with whom she and Winston interacted, especially during WWII. Purnell shows empathy for her subject, but she doesn’t spare criticism, particularly in portraying her as a distant, somewhat neglectful mother of the couple’s five children—all of whom led troubled lives, except their youngest daughter, Mary. This exemplary biography illustrates how Clementine’s intelligence, hard work, and perseverance in often difficult circumstances made her every bit a match for her remarkable, intimidating husband, and a fascinating figure in her own right.