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May 15, 2012


A Special Invitation from Chartwell Booksellers


You are invited for luncheon "Churchill Style" onboard the Queen Mary 2 (courtesy of TransAtlantic Bridge and Cunard). The date is Tuesday May 29th. Luncheon will be preceded by a lecture from Barry Singer, author of the new book CHURCHILL STYLE, and will be followed by a tour of Cunard's grand transatlantic liner. The afternoon's Guest of Honor is Edwina Sandys, Granddaughter of Winston Churchill.

Tickets are $350 per person and strictly limited to 100 guests, but as a patron of Chartwell Booksellers, you may attend at the discounted rate of $250 per person. To comply with Cunard's strict security arrangements, please confirm your reservation by Monday May 21st.

RSVP to TransAtlantic Bridge directly at: 212-877-5769 or

Guests will meet at the Waldorf Towers for a breakfast reception from 8:45 A.M., with buses providing direct transport to the Queen Mary 2 at its Brooklyn pier.

In November 1895, weeks before his 21st birthday, Winston Churchill sailed for the first time to New York aboard the Cunard Royal Mail Steamship Etruria. He did not especially enjoy himself. “I do not contemplate ever taking a sea voyage for pleasure,” he wrote to his mother from the ship. “I shall always look upon journeys by sea as necessary evils which have to be undergone in the carrying out of some definite plan.”

Churchill did, however, take a vast number of ocean voyages over the course of his long life – most of them on Cunard White Star Line ships. Generally speaking, he enjoyed himself immensely. Often he sailed on either the Queen Elizabeth or the Queen Mary. In 1949, he sailed on both – the Queen Elizabeth going, the Queen Mary returning - to and from the United States. “I cannot thank you sufficiently for all the kindness and courtesy with which Cunard has treated me on board 'the Queens,'” he wrote to Cunard’s Director, upon his return. “…It is now nearly 57 years since I first cruised the Atlantic in the 7000-ton Etruria, and came back in the Lucania, which is a long time as human lives go.”


  • Barry Singer speaks about CHURCHILL STYLE 
  • At THE HARVARD CLUB  Wednesday June 13th @ 7:30 PM
  • At THE MORGAN LIBRARY Wednesday June 27th @ 6:30 PM in conjunction with the new exhibition Churchill: The Power of Words.

(We very much regret that we cannot invite our patrons to these events, both of which are private.)

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