Volume One: The Grocer’s Daughter
When Margaret Thatcher unexpectedly emerged to challenge Edward Heath for the Conservative leadership in 1975, the public knew her only as the archetypal Home Counties Tory Lady, more famous for her hats than for any outstanding talent.Yes almost overnight she reinvented herself.Journalists who set out to discover where she came from were amazed to find that she had grown up above a grocer’s shop in Grantham.Within weeks of her becoming Tory leader an entirely new image was in place, based around the now famous corner shop beside the Great North Road; the strict Methodist upbringing; and her father, who taught her the ‘Victorian values’ which were the foundations of her subsequent career.
“'Searching and beautifully written'”
London Review of Books
“'A fascinating account... Campbell's research is as exhaustive as it is meticulous'”
“'A superbly researched biography... unlike so many others is neither hagiography nor hatchet-job, and probably gets closer to the truth than any... magnificently told'”
“A winner.Whatever your views on the grocer's daughter, I defy you not to enjoy it.”
“'The best book yet written about Lady Thatcher'”