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  • Published: 1 January 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099575160
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576

The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher: From Grocer’s Daughter to Iron Lady

Read the true story that inspired the major new film, The Iron Lady. John Campbell's magisterial biography is the political biography of Margaret Thatcher.

In this abridged edition of John Campbell's two acclaimed volumes on Margaret Thatcher, we trace the life of Britain's only female Prime Minister, from her upbringing in Grantham to her unexpected challenge for leadership of the Conservative party to her eleven tumultuous years in Downing Street and her eventual removal from power.

This is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary individual who changed the face of Britain; John Campbell portrays an ambitious and determined woman who started cautiously, grew in confidence after the Falklands War but became increasingly remote and domineering until she finally lost the trust of her colleagues.

  • Pub date: 1 January 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099575160
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576

About the Author

John Campbell

John Campbell is the author of many biographies including one of Edward Heath, for which he won the 1994 NCR award, The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Iron Lady and, most recently, Pistols at Dawn: Two Hundred Years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown. He is married and lives in Kent.

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Praise for The Iron Lady

“An enormously useful achievement...every twist and turn of her political life is here”

The Times, Books of the Year

“The best post-power biography is John Campbell's intensely detailed two-volume Margaret Thatcher. Anyone who wants to know what she did should turn to it”


“A fascinating peek behind the handbag'”


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