The Autobiography

  • by Margaret Thatcher
  • Narrated by Margaret Thatcher
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A newly edited, single-volume commemorative edition of The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years; this is Margaret Thatcher in her own words.
Combining her memoirs The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years, this definitive account of Margaret Thatcher's life is published as a one-volume commemorative edition for the first time. Margaret Thatcher was the towering figure of late-20th-century British politics. Now, following her death, in 2013, this is the story of her remarkable life, in her own words.
Beginning with her upbringing in Grantham, she goes on to describe her entry into Parliament. Rising through the ranks of this man's world, she led the Conservative Party to victory in 1979, becoming Britain's first woman prime minister.
Offering a riveting firsthand account of the critical moments of her premiership - the Falklands War, the miners' strike, the Brighton bomb, and her unprecedented three election victories, the book reaches a gripping climax with an hour-by-hour description of her dramatic final days in 10 Downing Street. Margaret Thatcher's frank and compelling autobiography stands as a powerful testament to her influential legacy.
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What the Critics Say

Praise for The Downing Street Years:
"A book which should be read by everyone with any interest in contemporary history of political affairs". (Norman Tebbit, Daily Mail)
"Some things in this life are priceless. So are Margaret Thatcher's guts. They have left their mark on the world. So will The Downing Street Years." (Daily Express)


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The authentic voice certainly adds to the enjoyment of listening to this book. I am convinced she was a woman right for her time, very sure of herself, certain in her own mind as to what had to be done. Of course she wasn't always right - none of us are but dangerous for a person with so much power. Averall a good 'read'.
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- VAL G.

Insight into a conviction politician’s mind

I recently listened to Edward Heath’s autobiography and was interested to learn how he and Margaret Thatcher compared in their personal interpretations of their careers.

Love her or loath her there is no doubt that Mrs Thatcher was a major political figure of the 20th century who altered the British political scene that resonates to this day, especially in Scotland. Her time as PM was very eventful such as the year-long miners’ strike, the Falklands and Iraq wars and wholesale privatisation of state controlled industries. Britain was altered beyond recognition.

It’s illuminating to hear her speak of her strong political convictions and self-assurance that they were the right ones. I am struck by the contrast between Heath's recognition that he made some mistakes and her unwillingness to admit she might have made a wrong decision tending to blame others.

This is an abridged version of two books and so don’t be surprised that the first half only fleetingly mentions her time in Downing Street before a long polemical section about her criticisms of the EU. The second half of the recording is about her time in office and final demise and contains the inside accounts of the major events of the period.

The book gained by having the author tell her story and she turned out to be a better narrator than I expected.

If you’re interested in recent political history I’m sure you’ll enjoy this insight into the mind of a major player.

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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited