Top positive review
Intelligent book which is accessible for all
on 15 January 2016
Ann Widdecombe is a woman that I have always admired. She appears to be principled but also be able to have some fun - what a great combination.Her appearance on Strictly has given her some recent fame, putting her in the public eye in a surprising way. Sensibly, she has used this experience in the name of her autobiography which will attract a wider range of reader than a more conventional political title.
The book is written in a straight forward manner with the author being very clear about her opinions. She does not care if she is seen as being old fashioned, she never patronises the reader and always takes the time to explain her views.
Her writing does have something of Enid Blyton about it, particularly at the beginning when she is describing her childhood. I thought the book could have been strengthened by more reference to world events during her upbringing but I guess she just didn't see anything outside of her life.
I've got very little in common with Ann but it is a credit to her writing that I was able to empathise with many of her decisions. She had many options not available to me and I found the reasons behind her choices interesting.
As her political involvement grows AW talks more about the politics of the time. She portrays herself as a very moral person who manages to keep her values in a potentially immoral world where power threatens to take over.
The author is right when she says that Parliament is a mystery to most. She is a big supporter of the processes which she explains well whilst also dispelling a few myths. Parliament changes slowly so, whilst this book covers the last 30 years in politics, it would be worth reading just to understand more of the mechanics.
I don't think that AW is ever deliberately controversial although she is never afraid of giving her views and quickly learnt how the media can twist what you have said. She also appears never to have hidden behind the media and will always justify what she has said.
The whole book is very easy to read and I was surprised how her absolute love of life comes across so strongly. I will recommned this book to many people - if you don't agree with the politics it might be responsible for raising the blood pressure but will provide an intelligent view of many high profile political stories along with a peak into the mind of Ann Widdecombe