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Winston and Me
Mark Woodburn
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Lying about his age to join the army, poor Edinburgh
teenager Jamie Melville comes to the attention of his
battalion’s new colonel, Winston Churchill, who is seeking
redemption in the trenches as an ordinary soldier after his
resignation over the Dardanelles fiasco in 1915. Jamie
becomes the colonel’s new ‘batman’ (a.k.a. orderly) and is
soon thrust into the line of fire.

Later, both are returned to civilian life, and when Winston
returns to the cabinet, Jamie is offered a position as
assistant to the new minister's private secretary and part
time-literary agent Edward Marsh, who introduces Jamie to
the artistic side of London life. Along the way Jamie falls in
love with a nurse and makes contact again with his broken
family, which will leave him with a difficult choice to make:
stay with Winston, or leave and make a life of his own.

Mark Woodburn’s first novel is a fast-moving delight,
meticulously researched, clearly a labour of love – early
readers were convinced the book was a genuine memoir,
and readers of the final edition may find themselves
checking the small-print too.

This sir, is our problem:
Private James Melville of
Edition: Paperback
Published: 19th October 2012
ISBN: 9781908853172
Catalogue number: VP0039
Number of pages: 320
Category: Historical fiction

Cover design by Jamie McGarry
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Mark Woodburn was born
in Edinburgh, 1968. A
sequel to Winston and Me,
The Finest Years and Me, is
available now. (read more)
Winston and Me
Praise for Winston and Me:

“Woodburn offers an excellent portrayal of Churchill ...
a novel not to be missed.”
— 'Finest Hour' magazine (read full review here)