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Margaret Thatcher; The Authorised Biography,

Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher is on the longlist

This year’s Samuel Johnson Prize longlist, announced this morning, offers a solid selection of history and biography, but little variety compared to the admirably eclectic lists of previous years. For sheer quality of prose, for instance, it’s a shame that James Wood’s wonderful essay collection The Fun Stuff was not recognised (essay collections, regrettably, tend to be overlooked, although they are eligible). I was also hoping that Evil Men— James Dawes’s strange mixture…

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