Political Biographies that Reveal all about Life at Westminster

Political Biographies that Reveal all about Life at Westminster

A Woman’s Work – Harriet Harman

When Harriet Harman started her career, men-only job adverts and a ‘women’s rate’ of pay were the norm, female MPs were a tiny minority – a woman couldn’t even sign for a mortgage. But, she argues, we should never just be grateful that things are better now.

A Life in Questions – Jeremy Paxman

The witty, incisive and frank memoirs from the legend of Newsnight and long-standing quiz master of University Challenge. Filled with views, opinions and stories from 4 decades in front of the camera. Jeremy Paxman is Britain’s bravest, most incisive political interviewer.

The Establishment: And How They Get Away with it – Owen Jones

Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment.

Theresa May: The Path to Power – Rosa Prince

Twenty days after Britain’s dramatic vote to leave the European Union, a new Prime Minister has captured Downing Street. Few are more surprised than Theresa May herself. At the start of this extraordinary summer, the formidable May had been on the cusp of becoming the longest-serving Home Secretary in history.

The Good Immigrant – Nikesh Shukla

Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, the Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you.

The Black Door – Rory Cormac and Richard Aldrich

‘The Black Door’ explores the evolving relationship between successive British prime ministers and the intelligence agencies. At the beginning of the 20th Century the British intelligence system was underfunded and lacked influence in government.

All Out War – Tim Shipman

Politics was turned upside down during 2016. This book by Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman is the first to tell the full story of how and why Britain voted to leave the European Union and how the vote shattered the political status quo.

Kind of Blue – Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke needs no introduction. One of the genuine ‘Big Beasts’ of the political scene, during his forty-six years as the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire he has been at the very heart of government under three prime ministers.

The Benn Diaries – Tony Benn

Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century’s most charismatic politicians. The Benn Diaries, kept for almost seventy years, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of the political life of our times.

Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth – Jess Phillipps

If you’re thinking, ‘Jess, who?’ then I’m glad that there was something about ‘Everywoman’ and ‘truth’ that caught your eye. Or you might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about.

Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics – Ed Balls

On the night of 7 May 2015, Ed Balls thought there was a chance he would wake up the next morning as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer. Instead, he woke up without a job. Twenty-one years earlier he had left a promising career in journalism to work for Labour in opposition.

The Long and Winding Road – Alan Johnson

From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s multi-award-winning autobiography charts an extraordinary journey, almost unimaginable in today’s Britain.

A Journey – Tony Blair

Tony Blair’s memoirs reveal in intimate detail this unique political and personal journey, providing an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman, and charting successes, controversies and disappointments with an extraordinary candour.

Diaries – Alan Clark

The first volume of the 20th century’s most phenomenally successful diaries, published alongside first paperback of THE LAST DIARIES. INTO POLITICS begins in 1973 with Clark’s selection as Tory candidate for Nancy Astor’s old seat in Plymouth.

The Churchill Factor – Boris Johnson

On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, and written in conjunction with the Churchill Estate, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the ‘Churchill Factor’ – the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century.

The Third Man – Peter Mandelson

The number one bestselling memoir of one of New Labour’s three founding architects, now with a revealing new chapter updating this paperback edition. Peter Mandelson is one of the most influential politicians of modern times.

A History of Modern Britain – Andrew Marr

A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification.

Strictly Ann: The Autobiography – Ann Widdecombe

In this life story of one of our most outspoken and celebrated politicians, Ann Widdecombe offers a unique insight into her time as a minister in three government departments and the Shadow Cabinet in the 1990s.

Decline & Fall: Diaries 2005-2010 – Chris Mullin

Here is politics as it really is: entertaining encounters with constituents and conspirators, tantalising glimpses behind the scenes at the courts of Blair and Brown, all set against the background of the global financial crisis and the great expenses meltdown.

Sailing Close to the Wind: Reminiscences – Dennis Skinner

Dennis Skinner, the famed Beast of Bolsover, is adored by legions of supporters and respected as well as feared by admiring enemies. Fiery and forthright, with a prodigious recall, Skinner is one of the best-known politicians in Britain.

Politics: Between the Extremes – Nick Clegg

Politics has changed. For decades Britain was divided between Left and Right but united in its belief in a two-party state. Now, with nationalism resurgent and mainstream parties in turmoil, stark new divisions define the country and the centre ground is deserted.

I’m Not The Only One – George Galloway

Political firebrand, thorn in the side of New Labour and leading activist against the war in Iraq – George Galloway has sparked yet more controversy and headlines with I’m Not The Only One.

The Blair Years – Alastair Campbell

“The Blair Years” is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever read. Taken from Alastair Campbell’s daily diaries, it charts the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair’s leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

Dare To Be A Daniel Then and Now – Tony Benn

Born into a family with a strong, radical dissenting tradition in which enterprise and public service were combined, Tony Benn was taught to believe that the greatest sin in life was to waste time and money. Life in his Victorian-Edwardian family home in Westminster was characterised by austerity…

The Downing Street Years – Margaret Thatcher

This first volume of Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs, which encompasses the entirety of her career as Prime Minister. Margaret Thatcher was the towering figure of late-twentieth-century British politics. This is the story of her remarkable life in her own words.

John Major: The Autobiography – John Major

John Major’s autobiography is one of the most personal and revealing ever written by a former British Prime Minister. The account of his childhood, rise and fall is candid, scrupulous and unsparing. Major’s early life was extraordinary; his rise through Parliament meteoric.

You Can’t Say That – Ken Livingstone

Written in Livingstone’s unmistakable voice, by turns angrily sincere about social justice, wickedly droll and gossipy, and surprisingly wistful about people he has known and loved, this is a hugely important and remarkable book from one of the very few respected politicians at work today.

My Early Life – Sir Winston S. Churchill

Winston Churchill wrote this account of the first 25 years of his life in 1930. It reveals him struggling with Latin grammar at prep school, charging the Dervishes at Omdurman and preparing his first political speech for a Conservative fete.

Breaking the Code – Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth’s revealing journal paints an extraordinary portrait of Whitehall and Westminster in our time – warts and all. Brandreth – MP for Chester and government whip – enjoyed a ringside seat at the great political events of the 1990s, from the fall of Margaret Thatcher to the election of Tony Blair.

The Course of My Life My Autobiography – Edward Heath

The Course of My Life is not only the autobiography of one of the most distinguished figures of modern times, but a revealing panoply of twentieth-century political, international and social history.

Corbyn – Edward Heath

This book tells the story of how Corbyn’s rise was made possible by the long decline of Labour and a deep crisis in British democracy. It surveys the makeshift coalition of trade unionists, young and precarious workers, and students who rallied to Corbyn.

Harold Wilson: The Unprincipled Prime Minister? – Kevin Hickson and Andrew Crines

With contributions from leading experts in the fields of political study, and from Wilson’s own contemporaries, this remarkable new study offers a timely and wide-ranging reappraisal of one of the giants of twentieth-century politics.