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Margaret Thatcher’s most surprising virtue: imagination

The key episode in Charles Moore second volume of Thatcher’s biography is her historic meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984 — which eventually brought freedom to millions in Eastern Europe

17 October 2015

8:00 AM

17 October 2015

8:00 AM

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography Volume Two: Everything She Wants Charles Moore

Allen Lane, pp.821, £30, ISBN: 9780713992885

In almost every one of the many biographies of Margaret Thatcher that now exist, the story is told of her being congratulated for her good luck in winning a prize when she was nine — either for reciting poetry or for playing the piano. She indignantly replied, ‘I wasn’t lucky.

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