Shirley Robin Letwin
Shirley Robin Letwin was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her family were Jewish immigrants from Russia. She graduated from the University of Chicago, where she was taught by Friedrich Hayek, and did graduate studies at the London School of Economics. She decided to move to England permanently in 1965.
She met Margaret Thatcher through her friend Keith Joseph, and started working for her. She also worked for the Centre for Policy Studies. She was also close to Michael Oakeshott and later became his literary executor. In 1987, she gave a lecture at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, Australia.
She was married to William Letwin. They had one son, Oliver Letwin. They lived in London, in a house overlooking Regent's Park. She was an avid tennis player, and once played with Milton Friedman despite the fact that it was snowing.
- The Gentleman in Trollope: individuality and moral conduct (1982)
- On the History of the Idea of Law
- The Pursuit of Certainty: David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill and Beatrice Webb
- The Anatomy of Thatcherism (1992)
- Peregrine Worsthorne, Obituary: Shirley Robin Letwin, The Independent, June 22, 1993
- Kenneth Minogue, Shirley Robin Letwin, 1924-1993, Policy, Spring 1993
- Noel Annan, How Should a Gent Behave?, The New York Review of Books, February 03, 1983
- Melanie McDonagh, Letwin's parents are the key to his soul, The Daily Telegraph, February 20, 2004
- Michael White, Oliver Letwin: more at home in a senior common room than at a public meeting, The Guardian, December 07, 2012