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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409039990
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

Margaret Thatcher

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.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409039990
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

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 Margaret Thatcher

“'Searching and beautifully written'”


“'Succeeds brilliantly'”

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'”

Sunday Express

“'A triumph'”


“A winner.Whatever your views on the grocer's daughter, I defy you not to enjoy it.”

Daily Mail

“'The best book yet written about Lady Thatcher'”

Daily Mail

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