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Chris Mullin's bestselling A View From the Foothills provided a riveting insider's account of life as a junior minister. Laying bare the personalities, pyrotechnics and political intrigues of the Blair years, it was described as Yes Minister meets Alan Clark.
Funny and self-deprecating, the new diaries run from his sacking by Blair as a minister after the 2005 elections to Election Day 2010 as he prepares to step down after 23 years as an MP wryly observing ' they say failed politicians make the best diarists, in which case I am in with a chance.'
Praise for A View from the Foothills
'...gems sprinkled across every page...' Peter Hain
'Every once in a while, political diaries emerge that are so irreverent and insightful that they are destined to be handed out as leaving presents in offices across Whitehall for years to come. A View from the Foothills is one such book.' David Cameron, Observer Books of the Year
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Every once in a while, political diaries emerge that are so irreverent and insightful that they are destined to be handed out as leaving presents in offices across Whitehall for years to come.A View from the Foothills is one such book (David Cameron Observer Books of the Year)
At a time when we awash with memoirs of political grandees, the worms-eye view is even more valuable (New Statesman)
The most enjoyable and stimulating of all the political diaries I have read. (Jonathan Dimbleby)
Droll and with a sardonic wit, Chris Mullin, unlike so many other politicians, does not even spare himself (Scotland on Sunday Books of the year)
Captures better than anyone the humdrum everyday existence of the backbench MP; the often frustrating, sometimes inspiring but always time-consuming work on behalf of constitutents, the long train journeys, the routine business of parliament, the nervy election campaigns.... always warm and humane... the best account yet of the death agonies of New Labour (Tribune)
There has been an abundance of political chronicles over the past year. Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson have all fought for honours but their efforts come second best to the wonderful Chris Mullin: Decline And Fall (Profile Books £20).
While the other contenders for political book of the year may lay claim to the high ground they have none of the insight or humour that Mullin brings to his work. Mullin was an MP for 23 years and a minister before standing down at the last election. Decline and Fall is a political diary beginning in 2005 and finishing this year. You will learn more about life inside the New Labour government from Mullin than any of the others.
'Wickedly Indiscreet and Elegant' The Mail on Sunday
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Book Description Profile Books Ltd, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1846683998
Book Description Profile Books, 2010. Gebundene Ausgabe. Condition: Neu. Neu Schnelle Lieferung, Kartonverpackung. Abzugsfähige Rechnung. Bei Mehrfachbestellung werden die Versandkosten anteilig erstattet. - A new volume of political diaries, from the author of 'The View From The Foothills'. Mullin describes his sacking by Blair as a minister after the 2005, and continues up to the Election Day 2010, when he stepped down as an MP after 23 years. With an insider's account of Gordon Brown's succession, the war on terror, the financial crisis and the MP expenses scandal. 496 pp. Englisch. Seller Inventory # INF1000040771
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