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Below the Parapet: Biography of Denis Thatcher Paperback – 7 Apr 1997


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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (7 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006384587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006384588
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the eve of his retirement from a successful business career, Denis Thatcher became Britain's first male prime ministerial consort, mixing daily with some of the most powerful people in the world. 'Below the Parapet' is the story of his extraordinary life, as only his daughter could tell it. It is also a riveting account of more than a decade of political triumph and turmoil, told from a totally unique perspective, offering an honest and highly entertaining insight into the Thatcher years as seen from the inside.

“There are scores of hilarious anecdotes, all crisply related… Carol Thatcher has done more than capture her father, she has by faithfully rendering him, caught all the cadences of a type of Englishman… In capturing their standard bearer from fiction and making him flesh and blood Carol Thatcher has done that generation, and posterity, a service.”
THE TIMES

“Carol Thatcher has skilfully woven some of her mother's adventures into the narrative to illustrate the part her father played at critical moments. In doing so she has in several areas told us more than her mother Margaret Thatcher revealed about herself in two long volumes of autobiography”
W.F. DEEDES, 'Telegraph'

“Unpretentious and enthralling”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

“An essential addition to the Thatcher bibliography”
FINANCIAL TIMES

“Highly readable”
RICHARD INGRAMS, 'Evening Standard'

“Sensitive and funny”
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About the Author

Carol Thatcher was a young law student when her mother became Prime Minister. She spent a great deal of time at Number 10 and Chequers over the years that followed.

A freelance journalist, Carol writes regularly for a number of newspapers, including the ‘Daily Mail’ and the ‘Daily Telegraph’. She appears frequently on television, and is a regular contributor to Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Wilson on 30 April 2011
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This is an interesting book for those with an interest in detail, but it lacks any analysis of the big picture. Carol shows her affection for Denis by producing a string of anecdotes and facts about life behind the scenes for a politicians spouse. But it doesn't discuss the big issue of how a marriage works (as theirs clearly did) when one is a very energetic and well-known figure and the other has to fit in around the margins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ninski on 2 May 2011
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Beautifully and empathetically written by Carol Thatcher about her father who she obviouslyu adored but enhaced by the wittisisms of a good, realistic author.
Arrived on time, in superb condition & good value.
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By june smith on 11 May 2013
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It is a bird's eye view of a family very much in the news and to learn how it started gives a valuable insight into the people involved.
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Superb book. Very good deal.
A+ seller. Highly recommend.
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By JULIE OROURKE on 20 Jan. 2015
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Good service and product Thank you
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