"Not Without my Daughter" signed by Betty Mahmoody with inscription and autograph of Margaret Thatcher
For Sale: £1,500
Serving three consecutive terms in office, 1979-1990, Margaret Thatcher (1925-) was the UK's first female prime minister. She received the nickname "Iron Lady" for her forceful political rhetoric.
Betty's story was published as "Not Without my Daughter", a true story written by Betty and William Hoffer, the co-author of Midnight Express. The book was later turned into a film in 1991, starring Sally Field.
On April 2nd 2000 Margaret Thatcher and Betty Mahmoody were both at the Ohio Theater in Columbus, Ohio. Thatcher was there for a lecture tour, Mahmoody had been to the theater earlier to drop off a copy of her book as a gift for Mrs Thatcher.
On an inside page Mahtob Mahmoody has written:
"Dear Lady Thatcher, I have been amazed by you since I was a small child. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have the opportunity to meet you. It is truly an honour! Best wishes Mahtob Mahmoody"
Betty Mahmoody has also added her signature below.
The book was intended as a gift to Mrs Thatcher but was incorrectly placed in a pile of items for Mrs Thatcher to sign. Mrs Thatcher has in turn signed the inside title page:
"To Betty Mahmoody, a wonderful and courageous lady, With admiration, Margaret Thatcher".
A letter of provenance (see image 4) from the vendor explains, in part:
"I was in charge of giving everything that Lady Thatcher was to sign to Scotland Yard officers... Betty Mahmoody and her daughter had signed the book...intended it to be a gift for Lady Thatcher...Lady Thatcher instead signed the book and put it back in a pile to go downstairs"
A lovely set of signatures and a great story.
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