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  • Published: 5 January 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448130672
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 592
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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.

'An enormously useful achievement...every twist and turn of her political life is here' The Times, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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.

  • Published: 5 January 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448130672
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 592
Categories:

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

Anyone who really wants to know what happened between 1979 and 1990 should read this book

John Rentoul, Daily Telegraph

The best book yet written about Lady Thatcher

Frank Johnson, Daily Telegraph

Superbly researched...unlike so many others is neither hagiography nor hatchet-job, and probably gets closer to the truth than any...magnificently told

Sunday Express

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

The Times, Books of the Year

[A] thorough biography... brought together in a useful abridged paperback version... Campbell is a leading political biographer... Campbell's vivid account is easy to read

Financial Times

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

Guardian

Campbell's style is cool, detached, offering sympathy, praise, criticism, and blame in equal measure... It's an enlightened and enlightening portrayal of Thatcher and other key political figures of the 1980s

The Independent on Sunday

John Campbell's biography... is the most fair-minded and scrupulous study of Lady Thatcher yet

The Times

A fascinating peek behind the handbag'

Viewspaper

How Britain’s first woman prime minister achieved her full political ascendency is a story brilliantly told in John Campbell’s biography

Richard Aldons, Sunday Telegraph (Seven)

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