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The Alastair Campbell Diaries, Vol. 1: Prelude to Power 1994-1997 Hardcover – 1 Jun 2010
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"There are plenty of nuggets here that are fascinating, some passages that make you wince and others that are gripping. It has historical value." (Observer)
"Campbell is a compelling diarist . . . [with] vivid set pieces . . . The Campbell Diaries provide the fullest insider account so far of new Labour's ascent to power." (The Times)
"Campbell's world is the brutal, angry, hard-driven, joky, football-crazed and intensely male world of tabloid journalism. He is a fluent and industrious reporter, with amazing stamina: it is quite a feat, at the end of days dealing with the press on Blair's behalf that he managed to get this account down." (Telegraph)
"Hugely gripping . . . all of human life is here. It makes The Thick of It look tame. And sane." (Sunday Times)
"The abundance of extra detail throws up some richly comic moments . . . Campbell's writing has much of the brutal honestly of [Alan] Clark's." (Sunday Telegraph)
The Blair Years was a taster. Prelude to Power reveals the diairies uncut. And it is just the beginning.See all Product description
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It is good at getting across the sense of the always on pressure of politics and his personal life certainly suffers as a result. But there are only so many times you can read "GB and PM aren't getting on at all at the moment" before it becomes annoying.
Equally he seems to take for granted that the reader knows all the background to events
I enjoyed reading to get a sense of politics but I will not be reading volumes 2,3,4.
I hope he writes an autobiography because this is just written too poorly to really enjoy
So I expected to be enthralled, infuriated, my blood would boil, passions would rise..... and you know what? This is seriously dull. I mean really really really dull. I took this, Rawnsley's and Mandelson's book on holiday with me (yes I'm that sad) and this was jaw droppingly sooze inducing. Rawnsleys books is terrific, Mandelsons's is self serving tabloid trash but eminently readable. Try them first. If you really get stuck read this - especially if you have insomnia and need an extremely effective cure.............
The style of writing can take a little bit of getting used to, but it is worth keeping going, clearly concisely written with just the right amount of gossip. My sole criticism is that the print is too small, which can be off-putting.
All in all worth a read.
I write this with disappointment, because I admire Campbell as a political operator and, notwithstanding his book, remain grateful to him for his contribution to the Labour Party.
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