Let me open this blogpost by holding my hands up to the fact that I've had a very lazy day away from work - but having gone through the tiring task of making a printed book in to electronic text, I thought I would pop a quick post up on political reading.
I also want you to know that I am not on a bung or advertising deal from amazon.co.uk , but thought it would be helpful to include links to the books I mention.
I love reading, and I am a political geek. I can't get enough of it.
Someone is going to ask, so I might as well answer it here; I either read 'talking books', or I take printed books, scan them in, and listen to them being read by any one of a variety of voice synthasisers.
My latest political read has been sitting on an armchair in my livingroom on a pile of 7 or 8 other books waiting to be scanned. It is called "A history of Conservative politics since 1830" and is written by John Charmley. This book is the second edition and covers Conservative Politics from 1830 right up until David Cameron's leadership.
Buy this book HERE for £8.50
To date, my favorite political books have been Stephen Pollard's biography of David Blunkett:
You can order HERE for just 49p plus posting and packing from amazon.co.uk
... And Chris Moncrieff's "Wine and Women in Westminster":
You can order "Wine and Women in Westminster" new for £12.49 HERE
Stephen's book does what it says on the cover, but it is no run-of-the-mill biography. Indeed, I can say, hand on heart that I enjoyed reading it more than any other biography I have ever read.
Wine and Women in Westminster is a MUST for anyone in and around the "Westminster Bubble", and a rather amusing read even if you've never been within a thousand miles of the Palace of Westminster. It's not full of political comment -in fact, there's none at all. It is full however with very amusing stories. You'll enjoy it. Give it a try.
There are of course many other political must-reads of old, including but not limited to Michael Dobb's excellent "House of Cards" and Andrew Neil's "Full Disclosure". As a former employee of Kelvin Mackenzie, Andrew's autobiography gave me excellent insight in to my old boss.
Anyway, there's some reading for you to be getting on with... do me a favour, and let me know of any political reading you can recommend to me.
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