Tuesday January 28, 2020

Between the pages of a life less ordinary

Irish-born Anita Leslie was best known for her biographies of her famous in-laws, including Winston Churchill’s mother Jennie. However, as author Penny Perrick discovered, Leslie’s life more than merited a retelling of its own

15th October, 2017
Anita Leslie with an Allied tank, moving towards the Rhine

Anita Leslie was born in 1914, the eldest child of Shane and Marjorie Leslie. “Two more disparate beings could hardly be imagined” was how she described her ill-suited parents. Marjorie was a glamorous American socialite; Shane, although from a family of aristocratic Protestant Co Monaghan landlords, a kilt-wearing Irish nationalist and Catholic convert. Absorbed in their fidgety marriage, they didn’t pay much attention to their three children.

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