"Prime Ministers apart (and not all of them), Shirley is possibly the best known politician in Britain . . . still engaged at eighty, witty, humane and determined." Andrew Duff

If you follow Biteback Publishing Events you may have had the chance yesterday to visit the Liberal Democrat Image stand at Conference where Shirley Williams could be found signing copies of new book Making the Difference.

Making the Difference: Essays in Honour of Shirley Williams has been edited by Andrew Duff and published by Biteback to celebrate the life and career of one of the most influential women in British politics.

To mark the occasion of Baroness Williams's eightieth birthday in 2010, Making the Difference comprises a collection of essays by her peers, contemporaries and protégés on the themes and issues she has campaigned on during the course of an inspirational career in politics spanning five decades.

Andrew Duff, has brought together an impressive group of contributors for this important book (including Peter Hennessey, Germaine Greer, Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell), demonstrating the esteem and affection felt for this remarkable politician.

Making the Difference demonstrates the influence Shirley Williams has had during her extraordinary life - as an MP and minister, as a peer, as a Catholic and as a woman.

Making the Difference is available to buy from the Biteback website, priced £19.99