American biographer Michael Shelden’s “Young Titan: The Making Of Winston Churchill” is a tale of romance, ambition, intrigue and glamour in Edwardian London, when the city was the centre of the world, and when its best and brightest were dazzled by the meteoric rise to power of a young politician with a famous name and a long aristocratic background.
“It’s hard to believe that the man we know so well in his old age was once a dashing figure of slender frame with reddish hair and a boy’s freckled face. Many women were charmed by him, though this romantic side of his youth has never been given much attention in biographies,” says Shelden.
“Most people are unaware that he proposed to three of the most beautiful women of his time - including the young American actress Ethel Barrymore - and was turned down each time. Yet each of the women remained lifelong friends, and at least two in later years regretted turning him down,” Shelden told PTI.
The book published by Simon & Schuster mentions how Churchill tried and failed to win the hand of the Barrymore, whose stage aspirations clashed with his political ambition.