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Private Eye : The Other Half

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Another collection of 'Dear Bill' letters that were a regular feature in the British satirical magazine Private Eye, and which purported to be the private correspondence of Denis Thatcher, husband of the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. The concept of writing satire from the point of view of a Prime Ministerial spouse was not new to the magazine, who had published Mrs Wilson's Diary (also a collaboration between Wells and Ingrams) along the same lines during the Wilson government. It allowed the writers wide rein to comment on the personal peculiarities of senior politicians without seeming overly absurd, and was presented in a context that was, whilst clearly fictional, quite plausible. The assumed characteristics of the subject “ a conservative reactionary, a 'buffer's buffer' surveying the world through the bottom of a glass and not liking it one inch “ gave ample opportunity for a rich and identifiable style; the image of Denis portrayed in the letters “ a gin-soaked half-witted layabout, whose sole activity was to try to escape the wrath of 'the Boss' “ was a popular one, and Denis Thatcher remained in the public imagination as a less gaffe-prone version of the Duke of Edinburgh long after both the Thatcher government and the series itself had ended. The portrayal was not entirely negative; Denis Thatcher was portrayed as having a sharp and witty tongue, and a keen eye for events around him.

Book Details

Illustrated stiff card covers

First (UK) Edition

Published in 1981

ISBN: 0233974202

Condition Ratings

Book is Very Good. No significant defects.

Dustjacket is N/A

Slipcase condition is N/A

Book Details

Illustrated stiff card covers

First (UK) Edition

Published in 1981

ISBN: 0233974202

Condition Ratings

Book is Very Good. No significant defects.

Dustjacket is N/A

Slipcase condition is N/A

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