- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (5 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034911692X
- ISBN-13: 978-0349116921
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 816,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Who Goes Home?: Scenes from a Political Life Paperback – 5 Jun 2003
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'Scintillating . will beguile many who have not the slightest regard for politics' Brian Walden, SUNDAY TIMES *'The sheer zest for the political life - together with a refreshing absence of malice - permeates every page' THE TIMES *'Highly intelligent' Michael Foot, MAIL ON SUNDAY *'something wonderful on every page' TIME OUT
* Roy Hattersley's memoir of thirty years in Parliament, settling no scores, excusing no mistakes and reliving no old triumphs.See all Product Description
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Never afraid to express his opinions, Hattersley always maintains an honest view of his own influence throughout his career. However, you can sense the glee as he recalls the occasions when he succeeds in his attempts to 'bowl a googly' to Mrs Thatcher during Prime Minister's Question Time.
Of particular interest (and amusement) are his comments concerning several of his peers. Hattersley excels in his use of the barbed comment. The book is almost worth buying for some of the comments on Tony Benn alone! Also, Hattersley's description of Denis Healey as a man who "ran his department with a mixture of brutal humour and humorous brutality" will raise a smile with all those who remember the former Chancellor and his political style.
This book may not be the definitive work on the post-war Labour Party, or on British politics over the same period. However, it contains much interesting opinion, is very well written and is highly recommended to people of all political persuasions. If you believe that political biographies are dull affairs then this could be the book that changes your mind.
A beautifully written memoir of a fascinating time of political activity - this book will be best enjoyed by those who, like me, lived through those times, and who lament the decline into the trivial, self seeking and thoroughly unprincipled politics we suffer today.
One interesting point is that the main focus on the book is probably the 1970s. Considering he was deputy leader of the Labour Party for nine years between 1983 and 1992, this period seems to be rather glossed over. One might assume that the disappointment of that period pained him from writing about it in too much detail.
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A|rrived promptly, well packed , excellent condition and a most enjoyable read by this wity author.Published 24 months ago by joe midgley
I really enjoyed this book when I first read it and having lent someone my copy without getting it back (a common problem) i bought another copy. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by Michael S