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Described as ‘one of the most explosive political diaries ever to be published’ In the Thick of It: The Private Diaries of a Minister by Alan Duncan is out in paperback today.
Riotously candid, the diaries cover the most turbulent period in recent British political history – from the eve of the referendum in 2016 to the UK’s eventual exit from the EU in 2020. As two prime ministers fall, two general elections unfold and a no-confidence vote is survived, Duncan records a treasure trove of insider gossip, providing biting and often hilarious accounts of petty rivalries, poor decision-making, big egos and big crises.
The paperback edition includes a new chapter on Boris Johnson as prime minister.
Reviews for In the Thick of It hardback edition
‘The political memoir of the year’ Daily Mail
‘One of the most sensational no-holds-barred political diaries of the decade’ Tatler
‘More than bracingly readable… Duncan chronicles the despair, bafflement, plotting and rising acrimony’ Quentin Letts, The Times
‘There’s a more serious message at the heart of this book… Duncan frankly has a point… After four years of purging remain supporters from the Tory ranks, what’s left is hardly a government of titans’ Guardian
‘Hugely entertaining’ John Humphrys
‘Thoughtful and nuanced’ Iain Dale