In the late 1990s when she began keeping a diary, Edwina Currie was the second most prominent woman in British politics after Margaret Thatcher. Indeed, she was spoken of as a potential prime minister. Her outspokeness and her lively, media-friendly personality won her a much higher profile than her status as a junior minister would otherwise have commanded. Her remarkable diaries, apart from their sensational revelations, offer an important insight into politics at the top, by a writer with an observant eye and a sharp wit. Written with honesty and frankness, they make an irresistible read. 
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