When not engaged in affairs of state, Churchill pursued a wide variety of hobbies including shooting, fencing, riding, butterfly-collecting, rose-growing and painting. Perhaps the most surprising of all was bricklaying, which he liked to busy himself with at Chartwell, his home in Kent.
After the Gallipoli disaster and his subsequent resignation he occupied himself by building a large model of the Forth Bridge out of Meccano. His favourite reading included Kipling, C.S. Forrester, George Orwell and the Brontës.
One of his favourite films was Lady Hamilton, which he was reputed to have seen no less than 17 times.