Jennie Lee

Jennie Lee : A Life

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New in paperback, this is the compelling biography of Jennie Lee (1904-1988), the beautiful and passionate daughter of a Scottish miner who rose to become a pioneering woman MP. Regarded as one of the finest political biographies of recent years, this book studies a remarkable woman whose stormy political career culminated in her becoming the first Minister for the Arts, and details the moving and intimate story of her marriage to Aneurin Bevan. 'a truly magnificent biography in every sense: a moving portrait of Jennie herself, a most scrupulous painting of the political background, an unchallengable account of Jennie's record as a Minister' Michael Foot 'The best biography that I have read for years. Superbly researched, engrossingly written, scrupulously honest' Gerald Kaufman, Daily Telegraph 'one of the best political biographies of recent years, a small classic of Labour history' New Statesman 'quite excellent' Roy Jenkins 'Lee's lives and loves, passions and drives are beautifully and frankly explored in Patricia Hollis's compelling book ...a rounded life of an extraordinary woman that I cannot recommend too highly' THES 'fascinating' Shirley Williams, Times Literary Supplement.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 32mm | 399.17g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 14 pp black and white plates
  • 0192881051
  • 9780192881052

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'a truly magnificent biography in every sense: a moving portrait of Jennie herself, a most scrupulous painting of the political background, an unchallengable account of Jennie's record as a Minister' Michael Foot 'The best biography that I have read for years. Superbly researched, engrossingly written, scrupulously honest' Gerald Kaufman, Daily Telegraph 'one of the best political biographies of recent years, a small classic of Labour history' New Statesman 'quite excellent' Roy Jenkins 'Lee's lives and loves, passions and drives are beautifully and frankly explored in Patricia Hollis's compelling book .. . a rounded life of an extraordinary woman that I cannot recommend too highly' THES 'fascinating' Shirley Williams, Times Literary Supplementshow more

Table of contents

1. Cowdenbeath Child; 2. North Lanark; 3. Frank and Nye; 4. Jennie's War; 5. 1945 and MP for Cannock; 6. 1950s: the Bevanite Struggles; 7. Life with Nye; 8. The 1960s: a Wreath for Nye; 9. Minister for the Arts: 'Money, policy, silence'; 10. University of the Air; 11. The Open University; 12. Jennie the Minister: in public and in private; 13. Twilight Years; Bibliography, Indexshow more

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