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Margaret Thatcher, voice of the future

Charles Moore’s masterful biography shows how Thatcher rejected “isms” before eventually giving rise to one

By David Frum   June 2013

Thatcher queuing for an autograph from the actress Patricia Dainton at Dartford Fete, 1951 (© Tophams/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images)

Margaret Thatcher; The Authorised Biography, Volume 1 By Charles Moore (Allen Lane, £30)

Charles Moore is a master of deadpan. His admiration for Margaret Thatcher does not inhibit his awareness of the comic side of her personality. As an authorised biographer, Moore obtained not only access to Thatcher’s papers, but also many hours of interview time. This latter opportunity, Moore remarks, was rendered less of an advantage than it might seem…

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