Early last month, Four Colman Getty announced the publication of the first volume of Charles Moore’s long-awaited authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher.
The biography was commissioned by Allen Lane in 1997 on the understanding that it would not be published during Lady Thatcher’s lifetime. Charles Moore was given full access to Lady Thatcher’s private papers and interviewed her extensively; she supported all his requests for interviews with others, including those who worked most closely with her and her own family. Permission was also granted to former and existing civil servants to speak freely about the Thatcher years and Charles Moore was given early access to government papers held back from public view under the thirty-year rule. Lady Thatcher did not read the manuscript prior to her death.
Following Lady Thatcher’s death on 8th April, Moore spoke extensively on TV and radio ahead of the book’s publication on St George’s Day, Tuesday April 23rd. The biography was serialised in the Daily Telegraph in the three days leading up to publication and the PR campaign has since achieved global coverage in print, online and broadcast. Glowing reviews were published within a week in The Mail on Sunday (“one of the greatest political biographies ever written”), the London Evening Standard (“the greatest political biography since Morley’s Life of Gladstone “), The Times (“a masterly piece of work”), The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, Sunday Express and the Daily Telegraph and the book went straight to the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list.
Four Colman Getty also organised the launch party for more than 400 at Banqueting House in Whitehall. Guests included the Prime Minister, the Chancellor, Michael Gove, Iain Duncan-Smith, former members of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet and the Mayor of London.
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning by Charles Moore is published in the UK and Commonwealth by Allen Lane @ £30 RRP hardback / £18 ebook, and in the USA on 21 May by Alfred A. Knopf. Charles Moore is now completing the second and concluding volume of the biography, Herself Alone.