The Impossible Office?, Sir Anthony Seldon’s history of the office of Prime Minister out today from Cambridge University Press
The Prime Ministers: 55 Leaders, 55 Authors, 300 Years of History, Iain Dale’s compendium of essays on Britain’s Prime Ministers, is out today from Hodder & Stoughton.
It has almost been 300 years since Sir Robert Walpole arguably became the first holder of the office of Prime Minister in 1721 – an office which today is under scrutiny like never before. The Prime Ministers brings to life all 55 of Britain’s ‘First Among Equals’ with an essay for each office holder, written by key figures in British politics.
From the obscure 18th-century figures like the Earl of Shelburne to 20th-century titans like Churchill and Thatcher, and with contributions from writers such as Sir Anthony Seldon, Damian Collins MP, political journalists Simon Heffer, Julia Langdon and Peter Riddell, and Lords Adonis, Wood and Norton, this book provides a much-needed reminder about their motivations, failures and achievements.