Tim Shipman is the political editor of the Times, and his previous book All Out War, covering the controversial Brexit campaign, is one of the very best on the subject. This sequel deals with the aftermath, covering the period from June 2016 through to October 2017, a period which began with an unnecessary and disastrous General Election, which led to a hung parliament – or, if you prefer, how a leader famed for her caution took the biggest political gamble of her career and lost. The book chronicles the civil war raging at the heart of the Conservative party, and how Labour rose from the dead, but its main characters are May and her former joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, neither of whom come out of the book very well at all. Theresa May, on the other hand, is the closest the book has to a sympathetic character, someone seemingly unsuited to the job, and left with her predecessor’s mess to clear up. Overall, the book is both incisive and informative, and yet is also full of human drama, covering all the various viewpoints on offer from the author’s numerous well-placed sources. It’s a story of treachery, lies, duplicity and quite astonishing errors of judgement, not to mention many, many plots. What more can you want?
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
House of Cards.
One thing you’ve learned
The best book I’ve read on this recent political era, and a very worthy follow up to its predecessor.