The Honourable Ladies: Volume I
Biteback Publishing is delighted to announce a major new project, a two volume series of biographies of every female MP ever to be elected to the House of Commons.
On December 14 1918 Countess Markievicz became the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons. She was elected for Sinn Fein, but never took her seat. Eleven months later, Nancy, Lady Astor, became the first woman to be elected and to take her seat. One hundred years later, 454 other women followed in their stead.
The book’s co-editors, Biteback publisher Iain Dale, and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, are commissioning biographical essays on each of the 456 ‘Honourable Ladies’. Each of the contributors will be female.
Volume I will contain profiles/biographies of the 169 female MPs to sit in the House of Commons between 1918 and 1997 and will be published in hardback in October 2018.
Volume II will contain profiles/biographies of the 287 female MPs first elected between 1997 and 2019 and will be published in November 2019.
Jo-Anne Nadler is one of the specialist political writers contributing to this scholarly review of Conservative Party leaders from Baldwin to Cameron. With authors and academics including Professor Tim Bale, Matthew d’Acona and Anthony Seldon this project will use objective criteria as a basis for examining and comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of a century of leaders facing different constraints and historical challenges.
Too Nice To Be A Tory - It's My Party & I'll Cry If I Want To
Simon & Schuster 2004
Jo-Anne Nadler is a professional, sophisticated urban career woman. And a Conservative. In recent years her affiliation has come to feel more like an affliction - one of educated society's remaining taboos. Why? her liberal friends ask her. Why does she persist in thinking the Conservative Party is the way forward?
Fearlessly delving back through her own history of Young Conservative balls, bedroom posters of Mrs Thatcher and a career which has taken her from party activist to party worker to professional party observer, Jo-Anne Nadler explores both her own political awakening and the seeming political somnolence of the post-Thatcher party.
William Hague - In His Own Right
Methuen Publishing 2000
The only biography of the former Tory leader was published in 2000 when William Hague was three years into leadership and the book was serialised in the Mail on Sunday.
William Hague agreed to cooperate with Jo-Anne Nadler when she proposed the project, but it is not an official biography and is an objective and revealing study.
From ultimate 'Tory Boy' to Tory leader, William Hague: In his own Right, reveals the full story of a real political animal as well as chronicling the first, difficult years for the Conservative Party adjusting to opposition.