The Goldfish Bowl: Married to the Prime Minister, 1955-1997 by Cherie Booth & Cate Haste lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Chatto & Windus, 2004, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: When your husband (or wife, in Denis Thatchers case) becomes Prime Minister and the doors of No. 10 Downing Street close behind you, every aspect of life is suddenly changed. This was what Cherie Booth discovered. Intrigued by the phenomenon, Cherie and social historian Gate Haste set out to find out about the experience of previous political generations since the 1950s. Were the consorts prepared for their role, or were they taken by surprise? What was the attitude of the press, and has it changed over the years? How did they develop strategies to live their own lives, and hold their own opinions? How far were they caught up in the great matters of their day?
Based on personal interviews, diaries and letters, and the accounts of surviving spouses, families, friends and colleagues, the story begins with three Conservatives, Clarissa Eden, Dorothy Macmillan and Elizabeth Home. Then comes a shift, with the Labour governments and the different backgrounds and attitudes of Mary Wilson and Audrey Callaghan, before the contrasting experiences of Denis Thatcher and Norma Major. Set against the flow of dramatic events on the world stage, from Suez to the Cold War, through the Thatcher years and their aftermath, this illuminating and intimate book explores the pressures of life in the goldfish bowl, and offers fascinating insight into the practical marriage and the changing role of the leaders spouse.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which is a little soiled. Leans. Book plate to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 321 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Biography category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!