Edwina is now a well-known author.
Her eleven books include five non-fiction: "Life Lines", published in 1989, on her time as Health Minister;
"What Women Want" (1990), essays on women's role; "Three Line Quips" (1992), wit from the House of Commons;
"Diaries 1987-92" published 2002 and “Diaries II 1992-1997” (2012) which give a unique insider's view of
life in Westminster during the year of Prime Ministers Thatcher and Major.
Praise for "Diaries 1987-1992"
"The two volumes are the best account I know of the experience of being a woman in British politics:
it's the personal dimension as much as the political that makes them such a valuable record.
In fifty years' time, students will be reading them and (one hopes) shaking their heads in
bewilderment at such a strange world".
Alwyn W Turner
"Take a deep breath.. it's well worth reading. ..It contains much
to stimulate and enlighten, while its author comes across as a more
complex, likeable and fragile individual than her early public image
or recent press indicate. .. there is a tender, passionate woman
inside.. This important book is not ladylike, but it is most definitely
accomplished, and deserves a wide readership."
Christopher Silvester, Sunday Times October 13 2002
The Sunday Times October 13 2002
blue underpants will go down in history"
By Anne Robinson
The Daily Telegraph - October 4 2002
All Edwina's novels are available as ebooks
Edwina was a Whitbread Prize judge in
1998 and an Orange Prize reviewer in 2001. In 2013 and 2014 she is on the judging panel for the
Paddy Power Political Book of the Year Awards www.politicalbookawards.com.
She has appeared at numerous literary festivals including Cheltenham, Dartington, Daphne du Maurier (Fowey),
Jewish Book Week, Hay-on-Wye, Hexham, Words by the Water in Keswick.
She has authored many articles, short stories and book reviews in the national press,
magazines and online. For a selection, see below.
Both she and her husband John Jones are regular guest lecturers on cruise ships -
one happy passenger comments - click here
Edwina is a member of the prestigious Society of Authors, and served on
its Broadcasting Committee for four years 2003-2007. She now helps to run
a creative writing group, The Pen Club, in the Derbyshire village where she lives.
Articles and Reviews
"How to be a Lady in the House" - Article for The Lady magazine - July 2010
"How to Survive as a Lady MP" - Article for The Lady magazine - November 2011
"Puncturing Egos since 1961" - Review of "Private Eye: The First 50 Years", 11 September 2011
"Behind the Black Door" - Review by Edwina Currie for the Financial Times, 5 March 2011
"In Good Spirits" - The Caravan Club Magazine, February 2011
"What the Tories are Reading" The Times - 14 April 2010
"Alan Clark: The Biography by Ion Trewin" The Times Online - September 18, 2009
Women in Politics Daily Express - 16th June 2009
“Equality is fine, but this absurd bill will be a disaster for women and Britain” Daily Mail - 29th April 2009
“Margaret Thatcher’s Revolution - Thirty Years On” Daily Telegraph - 26th April 2009
“Yes, of course Lembit Opik is irresistible to women! Let me tell you why” Daily Mail - 30th July 2009
“Harriet Harman's rabid nonsense that has no regard for real needs” The Times - 3rd August 2009
Edwina and a camper van Daily Mail - 8th July 2008
Mrs T the Temptress Daily Mail - 6th June 2008
I Love Liverpool: Scousers and Home Truths Daily Mail - 14th August 2008
Notches on the Bedpost Observer 6th April 2008
Fame and Fortune (interview) - Daily Telegraph - 19th April 2008
And a short story, originally published in Woman and Home magazine in 2002:
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