The Senecans: Four Men and Margaret Thatcher

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9780715651377: The Senecans: Four Men and Margaret Thatcher

Renowned author Peter Stothard's third book of classical memoir skillfully blends history, philosophy, and political intrigue.

A year after the death of Margaret Thatcher, a young historian arrives to ask Peter Stothard, Editor of the Time Literary Supplement and former editor of The Time, some sharp questions about his memories of the Thatcher era. During the interview the offices from where he long observed British politics are being systematically flattened by wrecking balls. From the dust and destruction of a collapsing newspaper plant emerge portraits of the Senecans, four of the men who made the Thatcher court so different from that of her successors. As well as love of Britain's first female Prime Minister they shared strange Latin lessons in a crumbling riverside bar. They took their name from their taste for the work of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a pioneer writer from Cordoba in Roman Spain, a philosopher, courtier and acquirer of massive wealth from the age of the Emperor Nero.

Blending memoir with ancient and modern politics in the manner of his acclaimed diaries, Spartacus Road and Alexandria, Peter Stothard sheds a sideways light on Margaret Thatcher's "believing age", a personal picture of our recent history. In finally identifying his interviewer he also answers questions about his own literary and political journey.

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Peter Stothard is the editor of the Times Literary Supplement and author of Alexandria and The Spartacus Road. From 1992 to 2002 he was the Editor of The Times. In 2012 he was chairman of the judges for the Man Booker Prize.

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“[An] artful blend of truth and fiction...Stothard’s poetically written, supremely stylish memoir only partly conceals its underlying mission, to insist that antiquity still has urgent things to tell us.”
- Emily Gowers, The Guardian

“A brilliant, haunting work from a modern master of memoir.”
- Mary Beard, bestselling author of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

“This thoughtful and unexpectedly moving memoir . . . brilliantly captures the excitement of the Thatcher years.”
- Richard Aldous, The Wall Street Journal

“This unconventional account of the Margaret Thatcher years by a former editor of the Times of London mixes reminiscence, gossip, and classical philosophy. ”
- The New Yorker

“Clever, insightful, and highly entertaining.”
- Aram Bakshian Jr., The National Interest

“In his witty, luminous and perceptive The Senecans, at once an entertainment and an education on the themes of personality and power, Peter Stothard presents Margaret Thatcher as we’ve never seen her before.”
- Sir Harold Evans

“[An] elegiac memoir of the Tories' heady heyday in the 1980s among the court of Margaret Thatcher . . . The author contemplates the passing of his brilliant, disputatious friends and mourns an entire era.”
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