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The Goldfish Bowl: Married to the Prime Minister 1955-1997

3.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  7 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
When your husband becomes Prime Minister, and the doors of No. 10 close behind you, every aspect of life is suddenly changed. This was what Cherie Booth discovered. Intrigued, Cherie and social historian Cate Haste set out to explore the experience of previous political generations since the 1950s. Were they prepared for their role, or were they taken by surprise? How did ...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Chatto & Windus
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May 30, 2014 Matt rated it liked it
I think 3 stars is fair for this book. It's interesting and certainly brings a new perspective to Britain Politics for me.
I bought this book originally to read the chapter on Dorothy Macmillan as I will read anything on the Macmillan Government.
It was insightful and well researched however it just seemed to fall lacking.
A previous reviewer commented that it becomes repetitive towards the end and understandably there were a few overlaps. Particularly referring to Elizabeth Home's Memorial Serv
This is a very interesting account of some of the spouses of certain British Prime Ministers and their experiences at 10 Downing Street and abroad. I was very surprised at how little is done for creature comforts concerning welfare of each family and very impressed at the backgrounds of these ladies (plus 1 gent) who have served in this capacity with little training, background or inclination. Very well-written by someone who, herself, knows "the life": Cherie Blair (nee Booth), wife of former P ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Betty rated it liked it
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I enjoy a book which takes one through the history that one remembers. Although I am South African I found much of interest in this book. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Dorothy mcmillan and Denis Thatcher. the book did get a bit repetitive towards the end. What a surprise to find how stingy the establishment was to the those who lived in No 10!
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Oct 12, 2013 Jan Anderson rated it really liked it
An interesting insight into the life of the wives (and one husband) of our postwar prime ministers, earlier ones probably more interesting than later ones
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