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People Like Us

Margaret Thatcher and Me
Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
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As a young civil servant, Caroline Slocock became the first ever female private secretary to any British Prime Minister and was at Margaret Thatcher's side for the final 18 months of her premiership. A left-wing feminist, Slocock was no natural ally, and yet she became fascinated by the woman behind the Iron Lady façade and by how she dealt with a world dominated by men.  

As events inexorably led to Margaret Thatcher's downfall, Slocock observed the vulnerabilities and contradictions of the woman considered by many to be the ultimate anti-feminist. When Thatcher eventually resigned, brought down by her closest political allies, Slocock was the only woman present to witness the astonishing scenes in the Cabinet Room. Had Thatcher been a man, it would have ended very differently, Slocock feels.  

Now, in this vivid firsthand account, based on her diaries from the time and interviews with other key Downing Street personnel, Slocock paints a nuanced portrait of a woman who to this day is routinely demonised in sexist ways. Reflecting on the challenges women still face in public life, Slocock concludes it's time to rewrite how we portray powerful women and for women to set aside politics and accept that Margaret Thatcher was one of us .  

A remarkable political and personal memoir, People Like Us charts life inside Thatcher's No. 10 during its dying days and reflects on women and power then and now.

©2018 Caroline Slocock (P)2018 Audible, Ltd
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  • 05-11-18

Gave me a new prospective

This is a brilliant, fair minded approach to telling the story of Margaret Thatcher from another point of view which I found challenging and informative.

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  • 31-05-19

Balanced Portrayal

The author, a feminist, is very balanced when writing about her subject. She does not support many of Thatcher's political philosophies, but examines them and Thatcher in the context of the time, Thatcher's gender, and personality. The book chronicles Thatcher's rise to power, the author's own role in Thatcher's government, and ends with Thatcher's resignation.
I found myself talking to the author at points. I did find that the analysis at times seemed to focus too heavily on Feminism, but it provided a perspective I would not have otherwise considered. I thought it was very well written, and well performed.

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  • Ethan B.
  • 20-05-19

AMust Read!

This is a must read for anyone with strong feelings, good or bad, about Thatcher.