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Diaries Volume One: Prelude to Power: 1 (The Alastair Campbell Diaries) Paperback – 6 Jan 2011
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"Campbell is a compelling diarist ... The Campbell Diaries provide the fullest insider account so far of new Labour's ascent to power" (The Times)
"Hugely gripping . . . all of human life is here. It makes The Thick of It look tame. And sane" (Sunday Times)
"Campbell's world is the brutal, angry, hard-driven, jokey, football-crazed and intensely male world of tabloid journalism. He is a fluent and industrious reporter, with amazing stamina" (The Telegraph)
"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 fluent and industrious reporter, with amazing stamina" (Daily 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