Margaret Thatcher authorized biography gets a US release date

The authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore will come to America next month.

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Margaret Thatcher offered journalist Charles Moore numerous interviews and access to some of her private papers for this authorized biography.

A two-volume biography of Margaret Thatcher by journalist Charles Moore – approved by the former prime minister herself – will soon be coming to United States.

The US title of the first section of the two-part biography will be “Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands” (as opposed to the “Margaret Thatcher, The Authorized Biography – Volume 1” UK title). The book will be released in America on May 21. It was acquired by Knopf for US publication from publisher Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin which is releasing the title in the UK.

The book came out today in the UK.

The new biography "sheds much new light on the whole spectrum of British political life from Thatcher’s entry into Parliament in 1959 to what was arguably the zenith of her power – victory in the Falklands in 1982," Knopf said in a statement. The publisher said of Moore's writing that he is "convincingly clear-eyed, conveying both how remarkable she was and how infuriating she could be."

Thatcher authorized Moore’s biography with the condition that it only be released after her death. In doing so, she gave him many interviews as well as access to some of her private papers, according to Penguin.

The former prime minister had not read the final draft of the biography before her death, according to Penguin. Thatcher died April 8.

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