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The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets True Stories from the Government Archives by Adam Macqueen
  

The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets True Stories from the Government Archives

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This book manages to be chilling (nuclear incidents) and funny (Harold Wilson trying to avoid a meeting with the disgraced President Nixon). Adam Macqueen includes some quite breathtaking background details to C20 British history from the plans for relinquishing the Falklands to the more day-to-day problems such as trying to find suitable hearing aids for the ageing Winston Churchill. Reveals quite how “seat of the pants” government can be and how the tempers and foibles of those in charge cause their underlings so much bother.

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The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets True Stories from the Government Archives by Adam Macqueen

Stored in Whitehall's archives are everything from blood-chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attack to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power. Concerned notes from ministers on the subject of the Heir to the Throne's potential brainwashing by Welsh terrorists are shelved alongside worries about housemaids 'on the wobble' at Chequers. Detailed and surprising plans for royal funerals sit beside reports on suspected spies in the showbiz world and bawdy poetry about the monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar. And Mary Whitehouse's complaints about the sex education syllabus nestle next to thank-you notes from prisoner 13260/62, also known as Nelson Mandela. Adam Macqueen, author of the highly acclaimed bestseller Private Eye: The First 50 Years, has searched high and low to present us with some of the most unlikely revelations since the Official secrets act was inaugurated one hundred years ago. Not only about Mrs Thatcher's ironing board, but Ted Heath's car, Harold Macmillan's bedroom carpet, Imelda Macros and her son Bong Bong's trip to Buckingham Palace and President Eisenhower's particular problem with Winston Churchill's trousers.

Reviews

A hugely enjoyable bran tub of revelations about our rulers
fancies and foibles over the past century -- David Kynaston


About the Author

Adam Macqueen has worked at Private Eye on and off for fourteen years. He was assistant, deputy and finally acting editor of The Big Issue between 1999 and 2002 and is currently on the editorial team of Popbitch.com. He was also associate producer on Adam Curtis's BBC series All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace. Adam Macqueen lives on the South Coast with his partner.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Adam Macqueen

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Hardback

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ISBN

9781408704233

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