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House Music: The Oona King Diaries

House Music: The Oona King Diaries [Kindle Edition]

Oona King
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'Oona King delivers the most intimate political diary ever ... the Bridget Jones of the Commons' Mail on Sunday 'Painfully honest, frequently hilarious ... She tells her story with humility, wisdom and considerable wit' Guardian 'Pacy, perceptive, frank, funny, free of the sludge of most political diaries. This is authentic Oona. It would make a good novel - but people would think it a little far-fetched' Neil Kinnock 'Tremendous - funny, revelatory, and above all authentic' David Hare

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How does it feel to lose your job in front of ten million people? To ask a Government Whip for time to see your husband? To represent the Secretary of State for Health at a family planning clinic on the day you fail your fifth IVF cycle? To be loved and hated by people who don't even know you? To be the second black woman elected to Parliament? To be a Jewish woman representing a largely Muslim constituency? To be the only MP who likes house music?

A decade is a long time in politics, and in these candid diaries Oona King shows how she has changed since becoming an MP in 1997. From the intense strain on her marriage, to her desperate struggle to have a baby, Oona reveals how she chose to abandon her political ambition in favour of another: to have a life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1341 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747593094
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (18 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093K1NTU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worst political diary I've ever read 25 Jun 2014
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Oona's polital diary is extremely readable, and you get through it very quickly. She also does a great job of explaining o of the process of politics.

The trouble with this account, is that she is trying to convince the reader as to why she did certain things. She comes across as defensive, and worse than detractors had possibly imagined.

One interesting part of the book is the fact of what a completely TERRIBLE husband she had. Threatening to leave her all the time, which would of put much pressure on her. She gives in to him every time, and is definitely NOT a feminist. She sacrifices her constituents for his selfish demands every time.

Worth a read, but Oona is obviously quite dense, and without excuse. She came from a wealthy and privileged background (what a surprise) and got a law degree. The writing is simplistic, and she doesn't see MP's very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hip-hop perspective on the House 7 Oct 2007
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
I wasn't intending to buy this book. I got talking to Oona King during the Labour Party conference when she was selling her book, and after ten minutes, it would have been rude not to buy a copy.

But I'm so pleased I did. Some days I've thought I'd like to be an MP. King describes the hell it is to be accountable to constituents. People recognise you in the supermarket and tell you their problems. She gets deluged with post. There is an endless stream of unavoidable commitments from dawn till late into the night.

You imagine that MPs are responsible and together people, but Oona is a very human thirtysomething with high ideals. Her marriage, her health and her sanity suffer, but she refuses to be shameless, self-centred or unprincipled and languishes on the backbenches as a result.

You learn from this book how to deal with MPs. Don't be tempted to tell them your problems, ask them what it's like in the House of Commons or advise them what needs to be done to save the country. People give them far too much importance, which is unfair. Just give them unqualified praise if it's appropriate, and seek to change your own world in the tiny ways you can.

Great fun and up there with the best political diaries.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is well worth a read 2 Jan 2008
This is a very readable, interesting book, quite different from a stereotypical political diary.
Oona King comes across as honest, interesting, unique (who ever heard of an MP clubbing till dawn?), committed, funny, angry, intelligent, sensitive, loving, disorganised and in trouble... All these factors come together in a fascinating account as she faces the combined forces of the political system, the press and George Galloway.
I enjoyed it and learned from it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to aspiring politicians 30 Oct 2007
A highly recommended book for all politics junkies who dream of entering parliament. Oona King's funny, witty style; the candidness about her marriage problems and IVF treatment; and above all her personal insights into the difficult life of a member of parliament representing a poor, inner-city constituency all make for entertaining reading.

This book is way better than many other diaries written by (ex-)politicians, and I think most readers will sense that British politics lost a great political talent when Oona King lost her constituency to the populist and often rather nasty George Galloway. Even those who have no sympathy for New Labour will gain a lot of insights into Westminster life when reading King's book.

Compared with the Alistair Campbell diaries "House Music" gives you a different angle on the first eight years of Labour government - and it makes for a much better read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oona 12 Dec 2013
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everything about this is as I expected the item arrived in perfect condition and in good time although my son has not informed me of any problems he must have enjoyed the experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars so endearing 27 Oct 2013
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this is one of my new favourite books. Oona is just so easy to like as a character. I'm not that into politics - bought the book after reading her Guardian interview. So glad I read this book.
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