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Biography - English Politicians

Biography - English Politicians

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Shaftesbury, Best, G.F.A.
1 Best, G.F.A. Shaftesbury
London B. T. Batsford 1964 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good+ clean, tight and unmarked copy with dustjacket which is not price clipped. 21 illustrations. Shaftesbury's long career was largely devoted to relieving the condition of the destitute of Victorian England, yet just as his many other achievements have been overshadowed by his work on behalf of the poor and oppressed, so the complexity of his motives and personality has been hidden by the popular legend of a simple, genial, pious and soft-hearted philanthropist. Dr. Best shows the many achievements of Shaftesbury and is particularly succesful in revealing the true man. *** NOT EX LIB **** 
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On A Clear Day, Blunkett, David
2 Blunkett, David On A Clear Day
London Michael O'Mara Books 1995 1854797417 / 9781854797414 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First Edition, First Printing. A Fine uninscribed copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. More than a political biography it is the blind politician's story of overcoming disability in which he talks about the good times and the bad. An inspiring and often hilarious account of beating the system by a man and a dog. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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Fighting Talk  -  The Biography of John Prescott, Brown, Colin
3 Brown, Colin Fighting Talk - The Biography of John Prescott
London Simon & Schuster Books For Young People 1997 0684817985 / 9780684817989 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with dustjacket which is price clipped. viii + 344 pages. 33 illustrations. The biography, sanctioned by Prescott, who allowed the author many interviews and to research in his loft. The Labour Party Deputy Prime Minister notorious for his outspoken views, nicknamed 'Thumper' and 'Rambo', is presented in a no punches pulled fascinating and entertaining biography. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Art of Memory  -  Friends in Perspective, Butler, Lord
4 Butler, Lord The Art of Memory - Friends in Perspective
London Hodder and Stoughton 1982 0340264977 / 9780340264973 First Hard Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7� 
A near Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket. 175 pages. Ten years after his acclaimed autobiography - The Art of the Possible, 'Rab' Butler, as he was affectionately known, looks back at some of his friends, and which is to complement The Art of the Possible. Here he looks back on Aneurin Bevan, Lord Halifax, Iain Macleod, diarist 'Chips' Channon, Walter Monckton, William Temple, Charles Sorley, Jawaharlal Nehru. 
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August and Rab  -  A Memoir, Butler, Mollie
5 Butler, Mollie August and Rab - A Memoir
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1987 0297791478 / 9780297791478 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A VG+ unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. A captivating memoir which describes an unusually full and adventurous life, shared for the most part with two famous men; the Arctic explorer August Courtauld and the stateman R.A. (Rab) Butler. Mollie Montgomerie became engaged in 1930 to her childhood friend August Courtauld, their honeymoon was spent camel trekking in the remote Sudan, and she was one of the first women to visit eastern Greenland and raised six children. Following the death of her first husband she married Rab Butler, whose late first wife was Sydney Courtauld. 30 illustrations. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Lantern Slides  -  The Diaries and Letters of Violet Bonham Carter 1904-1914, Carter, Mark Bonham and Pottle, Mark   (edited by)
6 Carter, Mark Bonham and Pottle, Mark (edited by) Lantern Slides - The Diaries and Letters of Violet Bonham Carter 1904-1914
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1996 0297816497 / 9780297816492 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xxviii + 461 pages. 18 illustrations. 2 family trees. Introduction by Roy Jenkins. Helen Violet Bonham Carter, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury (1887-1969), was a British politician and the daughter of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith by his first wife, Helen Kesall Asquith. Through these remarkable diaries and letters, published for the first time, the decade befor the First World War, is seen from a unique ringside seat, social as well as political. The volume opens with the first entry in her diary, begun in Paris when she was 17, and she writes of being presentd at Court, of grand dances, of political intrigue, of tragedy - the death of one of her closest friends, Archie Gordon, son of the Earl of Aberdeen in a motoring accident. Here are the young Winston Churchill and his bride Clementine Hozier, the rising Liberal star Lloyd George, the Conservative leader Arthur Balfour, the brilliant barrister and MP F.E. Smith, the soldier Lord Kitchener in his prime, the Foreign Secretary Edward Grey, the writers Maurice Baring, Hilaire Belloc, Mrs. Humphrey Ward and, not least, Rupert Brooke, with whom Violet corresponds. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.0 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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From the Wings  -  An Autobiography, Cazalet-Keir, Thelma
7 Cazalet-Keir, Thelma From the Wings - An Autobiography
London The Bodley Head 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR WITH DEDICATION ' To Joan Chidson with best wishes' to half title page. Gold title on green boards which have a little wear to lower edges and one minor very small mark to front else clean, tight and unmarked. Internally there is an inscription to Joan (related to the adressee) to front endpaper, a touch of light foxing to endpapers and fore edge else clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has some wear and marks with some loss to lower front and is not price clipped and is in a protective cover. Coloured frontispiece portrait by Augustus John and 23 illustrations. Thelma Cazalet-Keir's (1899-1989) chief ambition, when very young, was to become a Member of Parliament, and she fulfilled this in 1931 when she became M.P. for East Islington, a considerable triumph for the time. During her career she has been, among other things, a tennis player of notable standard, a devoted market gardener, an active member of the Arts Council, and a Governor of the BBC. In politics she was outspoken on matter of education and equal rights for women, and her fierce campaign for equal pay led to the only advers vote in Churchill's wartime government, but in spite of this Churchill made her a junior minister in 1945. She was close to the Lloyd George family, and in 1939 married well known author and journalist, David Keir. Through her mother and brother, Victor, she became a trusted friend not only of politicians, but also of writers and artists such as Rudyard Kipling, J.M. Barrie, Hugh Walpole, H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse, Elizabeth Russell and Augustus John. **** A SCARCE SIGNED COPY **** 
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The Point of Departure, Cook, Robin
8 Cook, Robin The Point of Departure
London Simon and Schuster 2003 0743252551 / 9780743252553 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A very good + copy with pictorial dustjacket which has a small tear at lower back and a little shelfwear to top Good +. The late Robin Cook's own account of his resignation, on 17th March 2003, from the Labour Government as Leader of the House of Commons in protest at the coming "war" in Iraq and where his resignation speech prompted, for the first time in the history of the House, a standing ovation. It also covers the former Foreign Secretary's previous two years diaries of the Labour Government's second term of office. An unvarnished and frank account. 
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Simon  -  A Political Biography of Sir John Simon, Dutton, David
9 Dutton, David Simon - A Political Biography of Sir John Simon
London Aurum Press 1992 1854102044 / 9781854102041 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG dustjacket which has some fading and is not price clipped and has a protective cover fitted. x + 364 pages. From 1906-1945 Sir John Simon's influence upon the political scene was profound, and his collection of the great offices of state - Home Office, Foreign Office, Exchequer and Woolsack - remains unique; yet the man himself was a puzzle to his contemporaries and remains one still. A man with whom, by all accounts, it was not easy to get on with (Harold Nicholson likened him to 'a toad and a worm'), Simon possessed an acute intellect and a brilliant legal mind. Elected Liberal MP for Walthamstow in 1906, he became at the age of 37 the youngest Solicitor General since the 1830's. By 1914 Simon was riding high, viewed as a possible successor to Asquith, but his resignation from the subsequent post of Home Secretary over the conscription issue saw his career floundering amid the turmoil of Liberal disunity and decline, and despite a period as Deputy Leader, Simon became increasingly disaffected with his party. In 1931 he formed a separate organisation to contest the election with the Conservatives and with MacDonald's National Labour supporters and was duly rewarded with the post of Foreign Secretary; his tenure of that office has been described as 'disastrous' and 'surely the worst in modern times'. His handling of the Manchurian crisis, and in particular his keynote speech to the Special Assembly of the League of Nations were to haunt him for the rest of his days. However after a reshuffle when he went to the Home Office and became one of Baldwin's first lieutenants in the abdication crisis, in 1937 he became Chancellor, reached the Zenith of his career and in 1940 accepted the Woolsack and, as Lord Chancellor, at last found a post to which he was most suited. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Irvine  Politically Correct?, Egan, Dominic
10 Egan, Dominic Irvine Politically Correct?
Edinburgh Mainstream 1999 1840181931 / 9781840181937 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. The biography of the Labour Lord Chancellor appointed by Tony Blair. The author questions whether his appointment was an error and examines his influence. 
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The Pain and the Privilege  -  The Women in Lloyd George's Life, Hague, Ffion
11 Hague, Ffion The Pain and the Privilege - The Women in Lloyd George's Life
London Harper Press 2008 0007219490 / 9780007219490 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xviii + 590 pages. 53 illustrations. First edition, First printing. David Lloyd George, the 'Welsh wizard' who became prime minister in 1916 and was subsequently hailed as the 'man who won the war', challenged, charmed and mystified the English establishment all his political life. He lived by his wits in both his public and private lives, attracting and fascinating women and loving them in return. For 30 years it was an open secret that, in all but the legal sense, he had two wives, and in this impressively researched and sympathetic account, based on thousands of original documents and letters, Ffion Hague explores the lives of the women who loved Lloyd George. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.985 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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A Yorkshire Boyhood, Hattersley, Roy
12 Hattersley, Roy A Yorkshire Boyhood
London Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press 1983 0701126132 / 9780701126131 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on red boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a small name to front endpaper and a little light foxing to top edge and endpapers else very clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has some light foxing to inner flaps and is price clipped. 15 illustrations. 'It was not until he was dead and I was 40 that I realised my father was once in Holy Orders', Roy Hattersley tells us in the opening pages of his childhood memoirs; so setting the tone for an elegant, continually surprising essay of unusual wit, eloquence and candour. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Macmillan - 1894-1956 - Volume I of the Official Biography / Macmillan 1957-1986 - Volume II of the Official Biography, Horne, Alistair
13 Horne, Alistair Macmillan - 1894-1956 - Volume I of the Official Biography / Macmillan 1957-1986 - Volume II of the Official Biography
London Macmillan 1989 0333276914 / 9780333276914 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
COMPLETE TWO VOLUME SET. Volume I 1894-1956 - ISBN 0333276914 - A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket. xix + 537 pages. 51 illustrations. Volume II - 1957-1986 - ISBN 0333496213 - A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a small indentation to rear) with near Fine dustjacket. xvii + 741 pages. 60 illustrations. The crofter's grandson and the duke's son-in-law, the soldier and the scholar, the publisher and the MP, the bon viveur and the devout high churchman, Harold Macmillan is perhaps the most complex and fascinating political figure of the 20th century. The distinguished historian Alistair Horne had the unique advantage of extensive interviews with Macmillan himself, together with exclusive access to his copious and unpublished diaries, letters and private papers, revealing the real Macmillan behind the showman. Remembered today as 'Supermac', Britain's most urbane and unflappable statesman, responsible for the Tory revival after the Second World War, and the one Minister with the courage to force Churchill to resign. A seminal work of biography and also a notable contribution to the history of our time. PLEASE NOTE - A HEAVY SET OF 2.5 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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Memoirs, Hurd, Douglas
14 Hurd, Douglas Memoirs
London Little Brown 2003 0316861472 / 9780316861472 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket. x + 534 pages. 61 illustrations. Few figures in modern British politics can match the extraordinary career of Douglas Hurd. A mainstay of the Conservative administration of the 1980's and 1990's, he was a Cabinet member for eleven years, and admired and respected on both sides of the Commons. His is a reputation that stretches far beyond Westminster and across the international stage. In these illuminating memoirs he looks back over his life, describing his rural upbringing in Wiltshire; his schooling at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge; his early career in the diplomatic service, with postings in Peking, New York and Rome; and his tenure as Edward Heath's political secretary at 10 Downing Street in the early 1970's., before he became an MP in 1974. With the Conservative victory in 1979, Hurd entered government as a junior minister, and here charts his steady rise through the ranks to Foreign Secretary. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.02 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Mo Mowlam  -  The Biography, Langdon, Julia
15 Langdon, Julia Mo Mowlam - The Biography
London Little Brown 2000 0316853046 / 9780316853040 First Hard Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7� 
A near Fine unmarked copy which has a little light foxing to top edge with VG dustjacket which is not price clipped. xii + 324 pages. 32 illustrations. In this biography the political journalist Julia Langdon traces the life story of Mo Mowlam, through her family, her friends and her professional colleagues - in both her academic career and in politics. It is an extraordinary story revealed by the many people whose lives Mo Mowlam has touched over the years. 
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Kinnock, Leapman, Michael
16 Leapman, Michael Kinnock
London Unwin Hyman 1987 0044400063 / 9780044400066 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with Fine complete dustjacket. A biography of Neil Kinnock who was elected leader in 1983 of the party, which was soon engulfed in problems from a miners' strike, rebellion by local councils and the rise of the 'Loony Left'. Yet by 1987 Labour was regularly achieving 38% in opinion polls and from a party split by disputes between right and left, Kinnock had welded together a force with a real chance of coming to power. The author has followed Kinnock's career, interviewed associates, advisers, friends and enemies and constructs a vivid and exciting analysis of his skill and purpose, a compelling study of the man. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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Tony Benn  -  A Critical Biography, Lewis, Russell
17 Lewis, Russell Tony Benn - A Critical Biography
London Associated Business Press 1978 0852272111 / 9780852272114 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A critical account of Benn's life and long and sometimes controversial political career. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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People In Glass Houses  -  Growing Up At Government House, Lubbock, Adelaide
18 Lubbock, Adelaide People In Glass Houses - Growing Up At Government House
London Hamish Hamilton 1978 0241100593 / 9780241100592 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
White title on red boards which have some shelf wear to bottom, internally very clean and unmarked. Dustjacket is complete and has a little wear to spine head and tail. Based on the diaries of Lady Stanley, wife of Sir Arthur Stanley, Governor of Victoria, Australia from 1914 by her daughter, Adealaide. Rare insights into the private and public life of a vice-regal household, irreverent observations on politics, dignitaries, the arts, religion and World War I, spiced with anecdotes of famous guests. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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Disraeli  -  A Picture of the Victorian Age, Maurois, Andre
19 Maurois, Andre Disraeli - A Picture of the Victorian Age
London John Lane 1935 Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Marbled paper boards on black cloth with gilt title which have a little wear to spine head and tail. Internally very clean, tight and umarked. A Good+ copy,Translated by Hamish Miles. Portrait from a photograph of Lord Beaconsfield (Disraeli) of 1878 to frontispiece. With bibliography. 
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Back-Bencher, Mikardo, Ian
20 Mikardo, Ian Back-Bencher
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1988 029779423x / 9780297794233 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy which has age fading to page edges with Fine complete dustjacket. Joining Parliament as M.P. for Reading in 1945, Ian Mikardo has had a long career as a back bencher and here he paints vivid pictures of Barbara Castle, Michael Foot and Richard Crossman and chronicles his struggle to keep successive Labour Prime Ministers true to their socialist ideals. 16 pages of photographs. 
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