As the sun rose on Friday, June 12, 1987, Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister and set to be the longest-serving premier of the 20th century, ascended to the peak of her political career. To the peak of her life, actually. She had won a third election victory, a landslide.
It was an extraordinary height to have reached, but after this all was downhill. Gently at first, but then gathering pace. And Charles Moore with this third and final volume — from 1987 to his subject’s death, in 2013 — of his authorised biography has therefore told a story of triumph and of tragedy.