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Red Queen: The Authorised Biography of Barbara Castle [Hardcover]

Anne Perkins
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6 Jun 2003
Until the arrival on the political stage of Margaret Thatcher, Barbara Castle was the most vivid, the most successful and the most controversial woman in British politics. Everyone had an opinion about her, whether they thought she was a dangerous subversive or a national heroine. A Labour activist from her childhood, she became active in party politics in her early twenties, whilst at the same time breaking into political journalism. Thirty years later she was the unexpected success of Harold Wilson's first administration, rising from a junior position to the inner cabinet in less than five years. But her radicalism, her flamboyant style and ultimately, perhaps, her gender caught up with her and she was frozen out. Since her death at the age of 91 she has been rightly regarded as a woman who could have achieved even greater power, had the boys' club cabal running the Labour Party not prevented her from doing so. Her uncompromising commitment to Labour's traditional values was , until the very end, a sharp contrast to the government of Tony Blair and New Labour. This is a portrait of a truly remarkable woman, an inside account of what it was like for a woman in 20th-century British

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (6 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333905113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333905111
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Candid as well as just .. the author gets things triumphantly right.' -- The Sunday Times

Anne Perkins is conscientious, single-minded and thorough. -- Sunday Telegraph, June 2003

Perkins account is a highly readable portrayal of a remarkable life. -- Manchester Evening News, Spetember 2003

Perkins has written an interesting and readable account. -- Tribune, June 2003

This balanced and perceptive biography shows why, good as she was, she was not quite the best. -- Daily Telegraph, June 2003

About the Author

Anne Perkins is an experienced political journalist. Currently lobby correspondent and feature writer for the Guardian, she lives in south London with her family

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a woman 8 Feb 2012
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Read this book more than 15 years ago and found it such an inspirational read about such an inspirational woman. Barbara Castle was a woman who made it in a man's world. She has been a mover and shaker for the whole of her life. Though having a hint of Thatcher about her she never lost her feel for the common man or woman (or stopped being a socialist!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book in good condition 20 Jun 2013
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This is a fascinating account of the life of Barbara castle. Whether you love her or hate her it is worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 22 April 2013
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Wanted this book for a while and it arrived very quickly. Reading it now; enjoying the read and would recommend buying it at Amazon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good condition 13 May 2013
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Unfortunately the review omitted to mention extensive water damage to the. I can still read this book but i didn't want it just to display on a shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting biography 12 April 2009
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A vivid biography of a colorful figure, one of the most important female figures in British politics in the 20th century. Gives both an intimate and public account of a life worth studying. A must for students of Labour party history in Britain. Well written.
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