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Bercow, Mr Speaker: Rowdy Living in the Tory Party [Hardcover]

Bobby Friedman
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12 May 2011
This is the first biography of the eccentric Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. It asks the question to what extent the media attention he is attracting is part of the shift in Britain's political landscape. Based on original interviews with more than one hundred colleagues and friends, it paints a compelling portrait of both sides of the House of Commons.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906142831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906142834
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Compelling.' Rod Liddle, Sunday Times --1

"A fascinating, well-researched study of one of the most eccentric and controversial figures to reach high office in modern times". Michael Crick, Political Editor BBC Newsnight --1

'[A] readable, well-researched portrait of one of the more colourful political characters of our time.' Chris Mullin, Mail on Sunday --1

'Good on rightwingery.' Quentin Letts, Spectator --1

About the Author

Bobby Friedman is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the BBC for a number of years, appearing on TV and radio, including BBC Newsnight. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read ! 11 April 2011
Bobby Friedman has written a wonderful biography full of insight and colour.
He has researched John Bercow's story in great detail and through dozens of interviews he has been able to trace his life from being a schoolboy to becoming Speaker.It is a riveting read and gives us a great understanding of where John Bercow came from and what makes Mr Speaker tick.A trained BBC journalist Bobby Friedman has got great skills as a story teller and hopefully this will not be his last book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, easy to read biog 1 May 2011
An easily digestible biography of a man and his wife that many loathe. Do they have a case? It's difficult to say, even after reading this book. The author is fair and balanced, and offers quotes that support both sides of the Is Bercow Awful? debate (although there are slightly more loathers). He has spoken to hundreds of people who have had dealings with the man and some of what they say is enlightening.

It's not a heavyweight book - the author is not a GREAT writer or an intellectual, but it is enjoyable enough. It's a shame there are not more quotes from Bercow himself - I would have loved to have heard some of the speeches he made when he was in the Monday Club. Some photos of the man himself might have been an idea too!
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