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Sep 24

Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher is one of the most significant political figures of the 20th Century – a Prime Minister whose impact on modern British history is comparable only to Winston Churchill’s and whose legacy remains a massive political force even today. 

In Not for Turning, Robin Harris provides a definitive book about this indomitable woman – from her humble beginnings above her father’s grocery store in Grantham, to her early days as one of the first women in Westminster, and then to her groundbreaking career as Prime Minister. Harris follows Thatcher through hard-fought political battles, experiences with her the tribulations of the miners’ strike and the Falklands War, reflects on her relationship with Ronald Reagan and their shared staunch opposition to Communism, and recounts the intrigue behind the scenes at Ten Downing Street. Featured, too, is one of the darkest hours of her premiership when she refused to alter course – summing up for admirers and detractors alike the determination and consistency of her approach with the words – “You turn if you want to. The Lady's Not for Turning.” Time and again, Thatcher’s passionate intellect which fueled her ambitions and drove her into the highest office in the land appear throughout this unforgettable portrait of Britain’s first female Prime Minister. 

Robin Harris worked for the Conservative Party from 1978, and increasingly closely with Margaret Thatcher herself from 1985, serving as speechwriter and close policy advisor. By the end of her premiership, he was probably the most trusted member of her Downing Street political team. On her personal staff afterwards, he drafted the two volumes of her autobiography and a further book on her behalf, continuing to see her regularly in her retirement.

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Robin Harris

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Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.

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