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Red Queen: The Authorised Biography of Barbara: The Authorised Biography of Barbara Castle Hardcover – 6 Jun 2003

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st Edition edition (6 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333905113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333905111
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,507 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


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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