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House Music: The Oona King Diaries by [King, Oona]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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'Oona King delivers the most intimate political diary ever ... the Bridget Jones of the Commons' Mail on Sunday 'Painfully honest, frequently hilarious ... She tells her story with humility, wisdom and considerable wit' Guardian 'Pacy, perceptive, frank, funny, free of the sludge of most political diaries. This is authentic Oona. It would make a good novel - but people would think it a little far-fetched' Neil Kinnock 'Tremendous - funny, revelatory, and above all authentic' David Hare

About the Author

Oona King was born in Sheffield and brought up in Camden. She was first elected as an MP for Bethnal Green & Bow in May 1997. She has campaigned on issues including antisocial behaviour, domestic violence, housing, inner-city regeneration and comprehensive education. She lives with her husband and small son in Mile End, London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3059 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (18 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093K1NTU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #404,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wasn't intending to buy this book. I got talking to Oona King during the Labour Party conference when she was selling her book, and after ten minutes, it would have been rude not to buy a copy.

But I'm so pleased I did. Some days I've thought I'd like to be an MP. King describes the hell it is to be accountable to constituents. People recognise you in the supermarket and tell you their problems. She gets deluged with post. There is an endless stream of unavoidable commitments from dawn till late into the night.

You imagine that MPs are responsible and together people, but Oona is a very human thirtysomething with high ideals. Her marriage, her health and her sanity suffer, but she refuses to be shameless, self-centred or unprincipled and languishes on the backbenches as a result.

You learn from this book how to deal with MPs. Don't be tempted to tell them your problems, ask them what it's like in the House of Commons or advise them what needs to be done to save the country. People give them far too much importance, which is unfair. Just give them unqualified praise if it's appropriate, and seek to change your own world in the tiny ways you can.

Great fun and up there with the best political diaries.
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Oona's polital diary is extremely readable, and you get through it very quickly. She also does a great job of explaining o of the process of politics.

The trouble with this account, is that she is trying to convince the reader as to why she did certain things. She comes across as defensive, and worse than detractors had possibly imagined.

One interesting part of the book is the fact of what a completely TERRIBLE husband she had. Threatening to leave her all the time, which would of put much pressure on her. She gives in to him every time, and is definitely NOT a feminist. She sacrifices her constituents for his selfish demands every time.

Worth a read, but Oona is obviously quite dense, and without excuse. She came from a wealthy and privileged background (what a surprise) and got a law degree. The writing is simplistic, and she doesn't see MP's very well.
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This is a very readable, interesting book, quite different from a stereotypical political diary.
Oona King comes across as honest, interesting, unique (who ever heard of an MP clubbing till dawn?), committed, funny, angry, intelligent, sensitive, loving, disorganised and in trouble... All these factors come together in a fascinating account as she faces the combined forces of the political system, the press and George Galloway.
I enjoyed it and learned from it!
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A highly recommended book for all politics junkies who dream of entering parliament. Oona King's funny, witty style; the candidness about her marriage problems and IVF treatment; and above all her personal insights into the difficult life of a member of parliament representing a poor, inner-city constituency all make for entertaining reading.

This book is way better than many other diaries written by (ex-)politicians, and I think most readers will sense that British politics lost a great political talent when Oona King lost her constituency to the populist and often rather nasty George Galloway. Even those who have no sympathy for New Labour will gain a lot of insights into Westminster life when reading King's book.

Compared with the Alistair Campbell diaries "House Music" gives you a different angle on the first eight years of Labour government - and it makes for a much better read!
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As Neil Kinnock said, this `would make a good novel - but people would think it a little far-fetched'.

This is the kind of political diary that any woman aspiring to be an MP should read - if they are not put off then they really must be committed and obsessed. Either that or they will have worked out that the best thing to do is not to go for one of the most deprived constituencies in the country, when you aren't white but are ethically and religiously different from the majority of your constituents. They will also work out it is a good idea not to go out of line with your constituents on one of the most divisive issues of the day - in this case the invasion of Iraq. And it is not a good idea to be unlucky - and be targeted by the modern political equivalent of `he who shall not be named'.

It is as gripping as a novel, and I found it a page turner that I constantly wanted to come back to.

It presents the kind of rounded picture of Oona King that makes you warm to her - for me she came out of the shadows with this account and became someone much more substantial than the cheerful face we occasionally saw on TV. We hear not just about her political roots but about her falling in love and her failed attempts to have children - she is alive to the black comedy of trying IVF repeatedly while running around madly on a 24 hour job. There is a domestic chaos, the near break down of her relationship with her Italian husband Tiberio, and an account of financial problems which is salutary after we have heard so much about dishonest MPs and their expenses.

Highlights for me included her and Jack Straw's dry handling of press rumours that they were having an affair - if you say `No comment' the press will report it as Jack Straw today refused to comment....
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