The senecans by peter stothard review at the court of margaret thatcher this stylish memoir from the former times editor recalls the politics of the 1980s through the prism of ancient rome. Elegiac memoir of the tories heady heyday in the 1980s among the court of margaret thatcher when stothard alexandria the last nights of cleopatra 2013 etc the former editor of the times literary supplement and a devoted classicist first met thatcher in 1985 he was still a junior editor at the timesshe was just into her second term as prime minister and was busy cultivating a . Throughout the senecans the tone set by peter stothard editor of the times literary supplement is regret over the dismantling of a world this is partly literal in that throughout the spring summer and fall of 2014 his newspapers offices in wapping were being packed up and moved. In the senecans peter stothard employs a memoir style that will be familiar to readers of his on the spartacus road 2010 and alexandria the last nights of cleopatra 2013 layering together
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