As a young civil servant, Caroline Slocock became the first ever female private secretary to any British Prime Minister, and was at Margaret Thatcher’s side for the final eighteen months of her premiership. A left-wing feminist, Slocock was no natural ally – and yet she became fascinated by the woman behind the ‘Iron Lady’ façade and by how she dealt with a world dominated by men.
As events inexorably led to Margaret Thatcher’s downfall, Slocock observed the vulnerabilities and contradictions of the woman considered by many to be the ultimate anti-feminist. When Thatcher eventually resigned, brought down by her closest political allies, Slocock was the only woman present to witness the astonishing scenes in the Cabinet Room. Had Thatcher been a man, it would have ended very differently, Slocock feels.
Now, in this vivid first-hand account, based on her diaries from the time and interviews with other key Downing Street personnel, Slocock paints a nuanced portrait of a woman who to this day is routinely demonised in sexist ways. Reflecting on the challenges women still face in public life, Slocock concludes it’s time to rewrite how we portray powerful women and for women to set aside politics and accept that Margaret Thatcher was ‘one of us’.
A remarkable political and personal memoir, People Like Us charts life inside Thatcher’s No. 10 during its dying days and reflects on women and power then and now.
..".[in] this special and important book... Slocock has done her former boss and women in general a great service in painting such a vivid, sympathetic picture of what it means to be powerful and female. " The Sunday Telegraph five star review
"The most striking part of I thought of the book is the description of the day she resigned...which is very hard to read almost, it s very emotional...very worth reading." Andrew Marr, BBC Start the Week
Chapter 1: 22 November 1990
Chapter 2: About me
Chapter 3: Meeting Margaret Thatcher, March 1989
Chapter 4: Margaret Thatcher's No 10, 30 May 1989
Chapter 5: A woman's voice, 16 June 1989
Chapter 6: Margaret Thatcher's court, July-August 1989
Chapter 7: Margaret Thatcher and gay men, 3 August 1989
Chapter 8: Clothes, 25 September 1989
Chapter 9: Losing Control: Nigel Lawson resigns, 26 October 1989
Chapter 10: Margaret Thatcher's world, through the looking glass, 17 November
Chapter 11: Hard work, 5 December, 1989
Chapter 12: Relationships, 13 January, 1990
Chapter 13: Under threat, 31 March 1990
Chapter 14: Sister- and motherhood, 18 July 1990
Chapter 15: Love and war, August- September 1990
Chapter 16: Geoffrey Howe resigns, 1 November 1990
Chapter 17: On the slide, 13 November 1990
Chapter 18: Margaret Thatcher resigns, 22 November 1990
Chapter 19: Margaret Thatcher's final days at No 10, 23 - 28 November 1990
Chapter 20: Conclusion: Girl Power or Twisted Sister? 17 April 2013
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st August 2018
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.64