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Strictly Ann


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Forthright memoirs of a singular personality - former MP and STRICTLY COME DANCING star, Ann Widdecombe.

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For many years a forthright and high-profile MP, Ann Widdecombe is now as well-known for her star appearances on STRICTLY COME DANCING and CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER. A former Prisons Minister, she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993. Countrywoman, columnist and bestselling author, she lives on Dartmoor. Find out more at


She gives a unique insight into the workings of government from her time as a minister in three departments and as a member of the Shadow cabinet in the 1990s * DAILY EXPRESS *
You wouldn't expect Ann Widdecombe to pull her punches - but there's NEVER been a political autobiography quite like this * THE MAIL ON SUNDAY *
The book captures the intensity of emotions and the relentlessness of intrigue at Westminster for a minister determined to hold on to her integrity under what feels to her like pressure from all sides. It is a vivid portrayal of a world she clearly loves -- Rachel Sylvester * THE TIMES *
It is briskly and competently written ... if you are a Widdy fan, as she seems to believe most people are, you'll enjoy this book -- Lynn Barber * THE SUNDAY TIMES *
Ann Widdecombe has sailed through life with the same brisk, no-nonsense style that she brings to this highly readable memoir -- Lloyd Evans * THE SPECTATOR *
The book is breezily written, as befits the author of four novels, and characteristically honest -- Stephen Moss * GUARDIAN *
a feisty public figure in an increasingly conformist world, a woman who doesn't give a toss what you think about her looks and isn't prepared to compromise her views for anyone -- Ian Thomson * EVENING STANDARD *
From Singapore to Dartmoor and Parliament to the pantomime stage, Ann takes readers on a gloriously entertaining journey through her life * HELLO magazine *
Publishers know that the sales of political memoirs depend entirely on the author's popularity. This explains why Alan Johnson's autobiography has risen skywards while poor David Blunkett's performed a bellyflop. Widdecombe's ripping tale will follow the flightpath of the former -- Lloyd Evans * THE SPECTATOR *
If feminism is about robust individualism and uncompromising, occasionally bolshie personality - and your guess is as good as mine - well, she's up there with Mary Beard ... She's good-humoured about the controversies but gets her own back -- Melanie McDonagh * EVENING STANDARD *
Ann Widdecombe is big. It's politics that got small -- Liz Jones * THE MAIL ON SUNDAY *
She has a compelling story to tell, particularly about political dramas at the heart of Westminster and, with the instinctive gift for narrative that has made her a successful novelist, she relates it in a highly readable style -- Leo McKinstry * DAILY EXPRESS *
Hugely entertaining autobiography ... the principal joy of this book, though, is that, reading it, you could just as easily be sitting chatting to Ann -- Peter Stanford * THE CATHOLIC HERALD *
But I have great pleasure in saying that this book is a cut above the usual political autobiography and I would have been proud to publish it -- Iain Dale * LBC.CO.UK *
The former minister, author and Express columnist's life story is clearly a gripping read * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
This is a charming portrait of growing up, an insightful portrait of an age, and a candid account of the mess of Parliament from a survivor of the electoral carnage of 1997 -- Pat Ashworth * CHURCH TIMES *
She had many of Thatcher's qualities, with more of the wit -- John Rentoul * POLITICAL BOOKS *

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