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'...the Bible of General Elections.' David Dimbleby, BBC
'...a riveting read... Forget the Blair and Mandelson works - this is easily the best political book of the year.' - Mike Smithson, PoliticalBetting.com
'It's popular academic writing at its best, combining a clear narrative (using anecdotes and quotes garnered from more than 300 background interviews) with lots of solid, meaty number-crunching.' Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian
'Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley have penned a political thriller.... The book is distinguished by the quality of its sources: the ministers, aides and strategists who open up to these academics in a way they might not to journalists.' - The Observer
'Indispensable' Matthew d'Ancona, The Telegraph
'...magisterial...' - David Mills, Newstatesman.com
'…excellent and indispensable…' - nextleft.org
'Mandelson and Blair's books will get all the attention, but if you want real insight into the last election, Kavanagh and Cowley look like they're on the money.' - Paul Waugh, London Evening Standard
'required reading for anyone interested in British politics' – Progress
'A British General Election is not over until this book appears.'
Peter Hennessy, FBA, Attlee Professor of Contemporary History, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
'The quality of the analysis is as sharp as ever' - Lord Adonis, Fabian Review
'The original and still the best. Kavanagh and Cowley use their unparalleled access to Britain's top politicians and their backroom staff to produce an account of this historic election, and the formation of the coalition that followed it, which rings true at every level. Authoritative, fascinating, and often wryly amusing, this book once again sets the standard.'
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Sussex University, author of The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron.
'The gold standard of political writing. If you want to know what really happened in the 2010 General Election, look no further. This is the first draft of history, fresh and authoritative ... our first TV debates, the election that never was in 2007, the whole drama is explained with wit and authority.'
Gary Gibbon, Political Editor, Channel 4
'As lively as the best journalism and as rigorous as the best academic treatise, the ... series fully deserve their reputation as the best books on national elections anywhere in the world. In order to unravel the full story of the 2010 election and its extraordinary aftermath, Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley have talked at length to insiders at the heart of each party's campaign – and it shows. The result is a book that fully maintains the dazzling standards set over half a century by the incomparable David Butler.'
Peter Kellner, President, YouGov
'The General Election series of books has become an institution. Dennis Kavanagh is one of the wisest minds patrolling the borders of academic politics and contemporary history and Philip Cowley is a brilliant choice to join him in maintaining the series. He is one of the sharpest chroniclers of Westminster politics: I admire his independence of judgement and willingness to puncture bubbles of media myth about the way that Parliament and Government works.'
John Rentoul, Chief Political Editor, Independent on Sunday
'The 2010 election was like no other. There is still much to learn about what happened during the campaign and Cowley and Kavanagh lay out all the facts in clear, comprehensible detail. Access to sources at the very top of the political parties ensures this book is essential reading if you want to know what really went on behind the scenes.'
Andrew Hawkins, Chief Executive, ComRes
'The 65-year-old series of books on British General Elections has become the Wisden of politics – essential reading for anyone wanting to know what happened during the campaigns and the significance of the outcome.'
Peter Riddell, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Government and former Chief Political Commentator of The Times
Praise for previous editions
'a unique cocktail of analysis, narrative and insider insight, are the authoritative guide to postwar electoral politics.'
Andrew Adonis, Times Literary Supplement
'A formidable achievement ... The studies have become by now almost part of our democratic fabric.'
Anthony Howard, The Listener
'The renowned ... election books demand shelf space and deserve frequent reference. Essential to the scholar of the British politics of our time.'
Robert Worcester, MORI, Parliamentary History
'Anyone familiar with previous volumes knows what a joy this book is, how it is packed with juicy morsels of political fact and incisive analysis.'
Jay Adams, Times Higher Education Supplement
'If generations to come want to know exactly what happened they have a reliable source to look it up in ... the solid, objective, verifiable story of what happened, when and why, set in impeccably numerate context.'
David McKie, Guardian
'The best series anywhere on national elections.'
Lancelot L. Farrar, Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science
The definitive guide to the British General ElectionSee all Product Description
There seems to be a common theme that this book is a superior effort to the 2005 one. Maybe its the change in authorship, maybe the election was more entertaining and dynamic,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by seanjm
Well, almost all; starting in 2007 with the exit of Blair and Brown deciding not to go ahead with an election this book covers the political scene up to, through and after the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charles Vasey
Not what I expected. I wanted a list of all current M.P.s. This was not included.Published 13 months ago by Eric The Red
Fantastically detailed, this book gives a good and well-informed account of the election preparations. I can't wait for the 2015 book!Published on 3 Sept. 2013 by Rich C