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Strictly Ann

The Autobiography

By Ann Widdecombe

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Forthright memoirs of a singular personality - former MP and STRICTLY COME DANCING star, Ann Widdecombe.

Forthright memoirs of a singular personality - former MP and STRICTLY COME DANCING star, Ann Widdecombe.

With characteristic verve and integrity, Ann Widdecombe recalls her life and highlights the people and events that most influenced her along the way.

From her early family life in Singapore and her convent school days to her student ambitions at Birmingham and Oxford, and her long-serving years as an MP, this is the life story of one of our most outspoken and celebrated politicians. Offering unique insight into her time as a Minister in three Departments and the Shadow Cabinet in the 1990s, Ann also explains the roots of her conversion to Catholicism in 1993 and her deeply held views on abortion and gay marriage.

A rare anti-hunting Tory, who campaigned for prison education and once put on a miner's overalls to go down a coal mine, Ann Widdecombe has never been afraid of controversy. Her memoirs reveal a singular personality who lives life to the full. From feisty and witty appearances on Have I Got News For You to her unforgettable and star-turning performances on Strictly Come Dancing, Ann has earned her place in the public's affections and has been heralded as a 'national living treasure' by the Guardian.

Also containing Ann's trenchant views on the Coalition, MPs' expenses and the state of the nation, this is a provocative and entertaining read. Frank, fearless and engaging, Ann's autobiography will delight her admirers and win her yet more fans.

Biographical Notes

Born in 1947, Ann Widdecombe was brought up in Singapore. She entered Parliament as MP for Maidstone in 1987. Her four novels are published by Orion.

http://www.annwiddecombe.com/

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  • ISBN: 9780297866435
  • Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
  • Page count: 464
  • Imprint: W&N
she gives a unique insight into the workings of government from her time as a minister in three departments and as a member of the Shadow cabinet in the 1990s. — DAILY EXPRESS
You wouldn't expect Ann Widdecombe to pull her punches - but there's NEVER been a political autobiography quite like this... — THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
The book captures the intensity of emotions and the relentlessness of intrigue at Westminster for a minister determined to hold on to her integrity under what feels to her like pressure from all sides. It is a vivid portrayal of a world she clearly loves. — Rachel Sylvester, THE TIMES
It is briskly and competently written..... if you are a Widdy fan, as she seems to believe most people are, you'll enjoy this book. — Lynn Barber, THE SUNDAY TIMES
Ann Widdecombe has sailed through life with the same brisk, no-nonsense style that she brings to this highly readable memoir. — Lloyd Evans, THE SPECTATOR
The book is breezily written, as befits the author of four novels, and characteristically honest. — Stephen Moss, The Guardian
a feisty public figure in an increasingly conformist world, a woman who doesn't give a toss what you think about her looks and isn't prepared to compromise her views for anyone — Ian Thomson, EVENING STANDARD
From Singapore to Dartmoor and Parliament to the pantomime stage, Ann takes readers on a gloriously entertaining journey through her life. — HELLO magazine
Publishers know that the sales of political memoirs depend entirely on the author's popularity. This explains why Alan Johnson's autobiography has risen skywards while poor David Blunkett's performed a bellyflop. Widdecombe's ripping tale will follow the flightpath of the former. — Lloyd Evans, THE SPECTATOR
If feminism is about robust individualism and uncompromising, occasionally bolshie personality - and your guess is as good as mine - well, she's up there with Mary Beard..........She's good-humoured about the controversies but gets her own back. — Melanie McDonagh, THE EVENING STANDARD
Ann Widdecombe is big. It's politics that got small. — Liz Jones, THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
She has a compelling story to tell, particularly about political dramas at the heart of Westminster and, with the instinctive gift for narrative that has made her a successful novelist, she relates it in a highly readable style. — Leo McKinstry, DAILY EXPRESS
Hugely entertaining autobiography...the principal joy of this book, though, is that, reading it, you could just as easily be sitting chatting to Ann. — Peter Stanford, THE CATHOLIC HERALD
But I have great pleasure in saying that this book is a cut above the usual political autobiography and I would have been proud to publish it. — Iain Dale, LBC.CO.UK
The former minister, author and Express columnist's life story is clearly a gripping read. — SUNDAY EXPRESS
This is a charming portrait of growing up, an insightful portrait of an age, and a candid account of the mess of Parliament from a survivor of the electoral carnage of 1997. — Pat Ashworth, CHURCH TIMES
[on Ann] She had many of Thatcher's qualities, with more of the wit... — John Rentoul, POLITICAL BOOKS
You wouldn't expect Ann Widdecombe to pull her punches - but there's NEVER been a political autobiography quite like this... — THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
The book captures the intensity of emotions and the relentlessness of intrigue at Westminster for a minister determined to hold on to her integrity under what feels to her like pressure from all sides. It is a vivid portrayal of a world she clearly loves. — Rachel Sylvester, THE TIMES
It is briskly and competently written..... if you are a Widdy fan, as she seems to believe most people are, you'll enjoy this book. — Lynn Barber, THE SUNDAY TIMES
Ann Widdecombe has sailed through life with the same brisk, no-nonsense style that she brings to this highly readable memoir. — Lloyd Evans, THE SPECTATOR
The book is breezily written, as befits the author of four novels, and characteristically honest. — Stephen Moss, THE GUARDIAN
a feisty public figure in an increasingly conformist world, a woman who doesn't give a toss what you think about her looks and isn't prepared to compromise her views for anyone — Ian Thomson, EVENING STANDARD
From Singapore to Dartmoor and Parliament to the pantomime stage, Ann takes readers on a gloriously entertaining journey through her life. — HELLO magazine
Publishers know that the sales of political memoirs depend entirely on the author's popularity. This explains why Alan Johnson's autobiography has risen skywards while poor David Blunkett's performed a bellyflop. Widdecombe's ripping tale will follow the flightpath of the former. — Lloyd Evans, THE SPECTATOR
If feminism is about robust individualism and uncompromising, occasionally bolshie personality - and your guess is as good as mine - well, she's up there with Mary Beard..........She's good-humoured about the controversies but gets her own back. — Melanie McDonagh, THE EVENING STANDARD
Ann Widdecombe is big. It's politics that got small. — Liz Jones, THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
She has a compelling story to tell, particularly about political dramas at the heart of Westminster and, with the instinctive gift for narrative that has made her a successful novelist, she relates it in a highly readable style. — Leo McKinstry, DAILY EXPRESS
Hugely entertaining autobiography...the principal joy of this book, though, is that, reading it, you could just as easily be sitting chatting to Ann. — Peter Stanford, THE CATHOLIC HERALD
But I have great pleasure in saying that this book is a cut above the usual political autobiography and I would have been proud to publish it. — Iain Dale, LBC.CO.UK
The former minister, author and Express columnist's life story is clearly a gripping read. — SUNDAY EXPRESS
This is a charming portrait of growing up, an insightful portrait of an age, and a candid account of the mess of Parliament from a survivor of the electoral carnage of 1997. — Pat Ashworth, CHURCH TIMES
[on Ann] She had many of Thatcher's qualities, with more of the wit... — John Rentoul, POLITICAL BOOKS