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Strong demand for collectable Margaret Thatcher books


The announcement of Margaret Thatcher’s death at the age of 87 has sparked a flurry of sales. Yesterday, AbeBooks sold 21 books associated with the former prime minister priced £100 or more.

Collectors interested in her writing will veer towards her signed books, which are plentiful at the moment. The former Conservative leader signed a good number of books on her speaking tours during her retirement.

Her books include an Easton Press edition of Statecraft, published in 2002, bound in dark blue leather. She published her autobiography in 1993, three years after leaving No.10, and there are numerous signed copies of The Downing Street Years on the rare book market. There is also a book called The Collected Speeches of Margaret Thatcher with editions from HarperCollins and Easton Press.

The most expensive sale yesterday was a signed set of these three books for £850.

Another book written by Mrs Thatcher is The Path to Power, published in 1995.

There have been numerous biographies written about the Iron Lady and I expect there will be to come later this year. The Daily Telegraph lists the 10 best books about Mrs Thatch – you will probably want to go for the Alan Clark Diaries or Things Can Only Get Better by John O’Farrell if you are looking for opposing opinions. Today in The Guardian you will find an essay written about her by author Ian McEwan, who published a number of books under her rule.

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