I was very impressed by Painter's book, particularly the section on 'Englishness' and the relationship England and Scotland have with the UK as a whole. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how the left counters the rise of populism in the UK.
This is an excellent collection essays from UK actors and those from the Continent. The framing piece by Patrick Diamond sets up a number of questions that the centre-left in Europe needs to address in order to have credibility once again in a post-financial crisis age.
Diamond's book gets right to the heart of the relationship between the Prime Minister and Whitehall. The one-to-one interviews he draws on makes this book an invaluable point of reference for anyone who wants to find out more about the workings of political power in Britain.
This excellent first hand account of Liddle's time in no 10 advising Blair certainly takes you to the heart of the drama. It also raises interesting questions on how the left should tackle the 'European dilemma'.