To coincide with the fortieth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power this summer, Biteback will publish Sir Bernard Ingham’s account of the tumultuous final years of her reign, including her dramatic downfall.
As Mrs Thatcher’s press secretary, from 1979 to 1990, Ingham was the ultimate political insider and the civil servant most closely associated with her tenure at No.10.
These eagerly anticipated diaries, which cover two turbulent years from January 1989 to December 1990, will shed light on the final, dramatic years of Mrs Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister to detail the crises which saw her resign in November 1990, as well as the parts played by the big political beasts of the time.
The final days of Mrs Thatcher’s Prime Ministership saw some of the most remarkable events in British political history, and Ingham was, for once, helpless to steer events. These diaries will come to be viewed as arguably amongst the most important primary source material about her unexpected fall from power.
May sees the fortieth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher becoming Prime Minister with Sir Bernard playing a prominent part in planned TV and radio documentary coverage, and events to mark her controversial tenure running through the summer months.
The Bernard Ingham Diaries will be published in June 2019.