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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback (12 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849542201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849542203
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marvellous ... Really frightfully good" --John Crace, The Guardian

About the Author

Paul Flynn is the MP for Newport West. He has written several books, including Dragons Led by Poodles, and Commons Knowledge: How to be A Backbencher.


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The book, divided into dozens of subsections, such as 'How to doughnut' and 'How to write an abusive standard letter', is an accessible insight into the realities of being an M.P. Chronicling the absurdity, asininity and pressures of which said entails. It is in no way abstruse and can be read by those interested in a career in politics, those interested in parliament per se and the role of members, or those particularly fond of Flynn.

Well written, with patches of excellent prose, it reads like an alacritous guide, with anecdotes pitched in. This is not a personal manifesto, throwing ideas and abstractions at the reader, but one does get a good sense of Flynn's general views on a number of issues. Perhaps the book would possibly have been improved with detailed anecdotes of, say, an average week in the life of a backbench M.P. There are also slight elements of repetition.

As a 'post-expenses' tome, it alludes to the episode, to the devastation it caused and problems with the current system. Flynn's wider defence of politicians is ironic considering the Daily Mail has printed extracts (pre-publication), picking out the six or seven most damning items of political incompetence: including the story of an inebriated Tory M.P. who slept in a hotel wardrobe. The book is also relatively up-to-date with references to 2011 events such as the August Riots and the NoTW phone-hacking episode.

In short, this is a solid book and worth a read.
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This is a light-hearted description of the life of an MP, written by somebody who should know – Paul Flynn was elected to Parliament in 1987 and has remained a sitting MP since. Flynn wants to explain what exactly goes on at Westminster, which he largely does excellently, but he also write in an entertaining way. There was only one point where I felt he didn’t – early on, we are told about the different roles that MPs can take: sleaze buster, Commons fixture, campaigner etc. They were quite funny to start with, but there are 38 different ‘roles’, which is too many. After six or so, I got the point, wanted the next section to start and started to skim through the rest. Thankfully the rest of the book didn’t fall into the same trap and keeps moving on at a brisk pace.
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It's good read, and amusing in places. Some interesting facts about life and the workings in the house. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a book with a difference.
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i really enjoyed the way paul flynn took me through the myriad of rules and regs at westminster and how if an mp i should behave. very witty
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What a brilliant book. Every new aspiring MP should read this. I kept on reading and wasn't't disappointed. Let's you know how the palace really works.
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Very amusing, very readable book that doesn't drown you in jargon or assume you know ever back bencher since Pitt by first name.
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