How has British democracy been represented in novels, plays and films during a century of political turbulence? Steven Fielding offers the first book-length study of the fictionalization of British politics during the rise, consolidation and apparent fall of party politics, covering work ranging from Robert Tressel's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists to Jeffrey Archer's First Among Equals, and from Passport to Pimlico to David Hare's Gethsemane. Transatlantic connections are also explored: Fielding reveals why The West Wing has been so influential and just why it wouldn't work in a British context.
I am Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham and have a long-term interest in the Labour Party and British politics more generally. Between 2006 and 2011 I was editor of Parliamentary Affairs.
I am now especially interested in the fictional representation of politics in Britain and the United States. I have presented a couple of documentaries on Radio Four on that subject.
I also contribute to The Guardian's Comment is Free: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/steven-fielding