Ann Widdecombe - Author

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Ann Widdecombe is the MP for Maidstone. In John Major's Government she was Home Office Minister under Michael Howard and was the Shadow Home Secretary 1997-2001. Ann has been writing since she was at school where she won essay prizes.

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Strictly Ann The Autobiography

Strictly Ann The Autobiography

Author: Ann Widdecombe Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Forthright memoirs of a singular personality - former MP and Strictly Come Dancing star, Ann Widdecombe. In this life story of one of our most outspoken and celebrated politicians, Ann Widdecombe offers a unique insight into her time as a minister in three government departments and the Shadow Cabinet in the 1990s, as well as taking us back to her wandering childhood and explaining the roots of her deeply held views. A rare anti-hunting Tory, who campaigned for prison education and once donned a miner's overalls to go down a coal mine, Ann Widdecombe has never shied away from controversy. Her memoirs reveal a singular personality who lives life to the full. From feisty appearances on Have I Got News for You to her unforgettable and star-turning performances on Strictly Come Dancing, Ann has earned her place in the public's affections and has been heralded as a 'national living treasure' by the Guardian.

An Act of Treachery

An Act of Treachery

Author: Ann Widdecombe Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2014

'A tale of illicit love, hate and loss in occupied France . . . confirming [Ann Widdecombe] as an eloquent storyteller' GLASGOW HERALD Catherine Dessin, a young French girl living in Paris during the occupation, falls for an older, married German officer. The novel examines the tensions this causes within her family of patriots and resistance workers. Meanwhile Klaus, the German officer, who is Oxford educated and a professed Anglophile, faces his own moral dilemma as he comes to realise, through his love for Catherine and a tragedy in his own family, the true nature of the regime he is serving. 'A gripping read' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Widdecombe is to be applauded for the range of her ambition within this book: the admirably large cast of characters is well-handled, their dilemmas are believable and the narrative makes for compulsive reading' THE TIMES

An Act of Peace The enthralling sequel to An Act of Treachery

An Act of Peace The enthralling sequel to An Act of Treachery

Author: Ann Widdecombe Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2013

The sequel to AN ACT OF TREACHERY From bestselling author Ann Widdecombe, a moving tale of families broken apart by war, and one boy's quest to come to terms with his history. Klaus-Pierre is the love-child of a young Frenchwoman and a senior, married German officer. Klaus-Pierre never knew his father, who was killed before he was born, and his mother was rejected by her family of patriots and resistance workers. Cared for by his German family, Klaus-Pierre is loved and happy - but as he grows up in a Europe where old enemies are learning to cooperate, he tries to make his own 'Act of Peace' with his French relatives. The result is a horrifying confrontation between the two families when they meet accidentally in Provence. Meanwhile, Klaus-Pierre is struggling with another quest to come to terms with his roots, as he tries to find out just what kind of man his father really was... 'Impressive . . . Widdecombe skilfully and often movingly uses the boy's struggle with his own painful history to throw light on the troubled years between 1945 and the fall ofthe BErlin Wall in 1989' SUNDAY TIMES

Sackcloth and Ashes The Bloomsbury Lent Book 2014

Sackcloth and Ashes The Bloomsbury Lent Book 2014

Author: Ann Widdecombe Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

What is our modern concept of penance? Is it giving up chocolates for Lent or is it a lasting state of the awareness of sin? Is it public or private? Is it punishment or greater closeness to God? Is it always a response to personal sin or can an individual do penance for others' sins, or for the world? Ann Widdecombe looks at voluntary penance and its relation to repentance, at prescribed but not enforced penance as part of the sacrament of Absolution and, as an ex-Prisons Minister, at the role of penance as enforced by the State. Penance in art, penance in literature, penance in history, penance in the Bible are all examined in an important and thoughtful meditation on the concept of penance in the 21st Century.

The Clematis Tree

The Clematis Tree

Author: Ann Widdecombe Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2001

'You want to go on reading, you want to know what happens; it isn't easy to put down' Ruth Rendell A powerful novel about a family, and how their lives are torn apart in a single, devastating moment. Mark and Claire seem an ideal couple. He is an accountant, she the daughter of a successful businessman. They live in a comfortable middle-class village in Surrey. Then, during a party for their daughter Pippa's baptism, their son Jeremy is knocked down on the road outside. It is their worst nightmare, something they thought could never happen, and the consequences will affect each one of them more than they could possibly imagine. What is Claire's guilty secret, and can her wealthy, self-made father help? Will Mark, desperate to escape, have the nerve to leave? And how will Pippa be affected by the turmoil that began on the day of her own christening? 'A compelling story about the way a family copes with a catastrophe' THE TIMES 'A delight, a very polished read' CATHOLIC HERALD 'An accomplished first novel' TATLER 'Humane, thoughtful' HARPERS AND QUEENS

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