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Not for Turning The Complete Life of Margaret Thatcher by Robin Harris
  

Not for Turning The Complete Life of Margaret Thatcher

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A close friend and personal colleague of Margaret Thatcher, Robin Harris is well placed to record the life and achievements of our first woman Prime Minister. He is also an entertaining writer and not afraid to call a spade a spade, giving us an inside view of Mrs Thatcher and her politicians, the in-fighting, the Falklands War and her loss of office. You can be for her or against her; whichever political view you hold this is a thorough and insightful look at some of the most important political events of the C20.

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Not for Turning The Complete Life of Margaret Thatcher by Robin Harris

Margaret Thatcher is one of the most iconic politicians of the twentieth century. With the possible exception of Winston Churchill, no other Prime Minister has had such an impact on modern British history. Like it or not, her radical social and economic policies have made Britain the country it is today. Without Margaret Thatcher there could have been no New Labour, no Tony Blair and no David Cameron. Now Robin Harris, for many years Thatcher's speechwriter, trusted adviser and the draftsman of two volumes of her autobiography, has written the defining book about this indomitable woman. He tells her extraordinary life story, from humble beginnings above her father's grocer's shop in Grantham, her early days as one of the first women in Westminster who became known as 'Thatcher milk-snatcher' during her days in the Ministry for Education and then as Prime Minister. We follow her through the 'Winter of Discontent', the tribulations of the miners' strike and the Falklands War. And Harris writes a stunning account of her exit from power and tells of her life after number 10.


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The political biography of the decade Daily Mail No-holds-barred, well-written... contains the most authoritative account of her life after leaving office... a dramatic account. -- Philip Webster The Times

[a] lively and accessible insider's account -- Peter Clarke Financial Times

After all the eulogies, it is refreshing to read about an odd, driven, believable person - rather than some abstract national saviour or demon... Harris is like a long-faithful courtier freed by a monarch's death to speak the truth about them. -- Andy Beckett Guardian

About the Author

Robin Harris worked for the Conservative Party from 1978, and increasingly closely with Margaret Thatcher herself from 1985, writing her speeches and advising on policy. By the close of her premiership, he was probably the most trusted member of her political team at Downing Street, and he left Number Ten with her. As a member of her personal staff, he then drafted the two volumes of her autobiography and a further book on her behalf. After Margaret Thatcher's retirement from public life, Robin continued to see her regularly as a friend until her death.

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Publication date

10th April 2014

Author

Robin Harris

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Biography: historical, political & military
Political leaders & leadership


ISBN

9780552155793

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