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The Awakening World by H. E. Priestley (£56.00)Publisher: Frederick Muller — 1966Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Overall a very pleasant set with just a hint of fading and spotting to the edges of the text block.Description: Four Volumes: Vol I - The Vision of Freedom; Vol II - The Great Uprisings; Vol III - The Balance of Power; Vol IV - The Age of Fear and Hope;Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. Tags: steam power africa new ways trade liberalism growing cities free trade austrian compromise third french republic pan-slavism industrialization german empire boer briton scramble for africa russo-japanese war british isolation government international socialism gladstone’s parliamentary reform mafeking japanese troops boxer rebellion house commons dreyfus starving russian villagers suffragettes 1914-18 russian revolution
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The British Navy: Its Strength, Resources, and Administration Volume II. Part II. Miscellaneous Subjects Connected with Shipbuilding for the Purposes of War by Thomas Brassey (£44.00)Publisher: London: Longmans, Green & Co. — 1882Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with damage, now tape covered, to the bottom corner of the lower board. Rubbed at the joins and a little faded at the spine. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout, heavier to start and finish. Description: Illustrated by way of: Cutaways; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Tables;Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¼". Ruled, gilt illustrated & blind-stamped Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 421 [2] pages. Tags: naval affairs board admiralty navy dockyard administration shipping ironclads vessels british navies monitors armoured ships war mastless turret-ships bow-battery barbette shipbuilding essays papers opinions policy dockyards reserves training parliamentary speeches letters
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Westminster and Europe by Philip Giddings; Gavin Drewry; (£38.00)Publisher: MacMillan & Co. — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 033364980X]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dustwrapper.Description: Other contributors: Priscilla Baines; David Miers; David Millar; Donald Shell; Alan Page; Richard Ware; From the flap: “Since Britain joined the European Community in 1973 the Westminster Parliament has had to adapt to a novel, and for many parliamentarians deeply uncomfortable, situation in which more and more legislative functions have passed to Brussels. This book, based on the work of a study group set up by the Study of Parliament Group, examines the political, constitutional and procedural impact of EC membership on both Houses of the UK Parliament.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 366 pages. Tags: 0312159641 great britain parliament european union 328.41’07dc20 european community westminster parliament parliamentarians legislative functions brussels political constitutional and procedural impact membership westminster parliamentary scrutiny common agricultural policy farm animal welfare maastricht treaty scrutiny system intergovernmental conferences legislation ratification scrutiny without power scrutiny european community affairs restrictions national parliaments community’s powers single european act the treaty maastricht ever-growing agenda government departments european business select committees fisheries policy european policies and legislation constitutional problems government defeat political systems
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Elementary Typing and Office Practice by Florence Lockey (£23.00)Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons — 1948Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. Boards scuffed and soiled. Hinge starting at title page. Pages very gently age-tanned. Previous owners inscription to ffep.Description: Third edition. Tipped in diagram (not original?) of keyboard layout plus a leaflet for Empire Aristocrat Typewriter.Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". 124 pages. Tags: problem-solving specifications communications adding-listing administration alphabetically requisitioning electrostatic mechanisation receptionists photo-copiers communication parliamentary documentation organisations disadvantages dual-spectrum alphabetical distribution institutions organisation receptionist introduction introductory simultaneous reprographic transactions confidential departmental calculations edge-punched audio-typing requirements book-keeping double-entry typewriting development switchboard calculators publication authorities information enterprises departments panel-strip centralised description duplicating advantages government commercial
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Impressions of Singapore by Geoffrey Dutton (£20.50)Publisher: MacMillan — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0333337239]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and onto the margins of the panels. Gently bruised at head and tail. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. Maps to the endpapers. Produced in association with Mobil Oil Singapore.Notes: Illustrated by Harri Peccinotti (Photos.). Size: 10" x 10". 152 pages. Tags: accommodation addresses adventure aerial airline airlines airport alley al-lslamiah amoy arab arrival arts asia asian association astrology auspicious ayer baba bahru balm banks barings bars basah batok bay beach bencoolen bidadari bin bio bird blangah boats botanic brewery bridge britain buddha buddhist bugis bukit buloh butterfly camping cane canning cards cargo
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The Times Atlas of the 20th Century: The Definitive Account of Our Century by Edited by Richard Overy (£19.50)Publisher: Times — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0723007667]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with heavier rubbing to the spine ends.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white with diagrams and maps. From the cover: “The Times Atlas of the 20th Century is a major new treatment of this century of paradox and progress. Its richly interwoven tapestry of text, maps and illustrations brings sharply into focus our century’s main themes and underlying problems. Richard Overy’s compelling and analytical text takes the world from the pomp of Europe’s colonial heyday and the cataclysm of the First World War through the Great Depression, the Second World War and the Cold War to the uncertain stumblings of the New World Order. Special attention is paid to the themes and challenges which have faced us throughout the century — the environment, health, science, leisure and technology. With over 200 full-colour maps and more than 300 photographs, the book is a visual feast and a work of substantial scholarship.”Notes: Size: 4to Royal (32 x 25cm Approx.). 239 pages. Tags: smoking-related austria-hungary democratization czechoslovakia russo-japanese reconstruction fundamentalism communications deforestation july-december modernization photochemical parliamentary confrontation mediterranean international concentration revolutionary organizations transcaucasus metropolitan super-powers unemployment affiliations bibliography tuberculosis land-holding commonwealth dam-building distribution peacekeeping dictatorship urbanization independence contributors motorization development eradication populations nationalism palestinian persecution afghanistan dissolution exploration nationalist performance consumption nazi-soviet convergence radioactive
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Cases in Constitutional Law by D. L. & LAWSON, F. H. Keir (£18.50)Publisher: Clarendon Press — 1954Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Text bright and tight.Description: 4th Edition, revised.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 544 pages. Tags: acts parliament subordinate legislation institute patent agents lockwood minister health the king the case the king’s prerogative saltpetre prohibitions del roy lord bishop natal secretary state for india kamachee boye sahaba parliamentary privilege taxation a.-g. wilts united dairies judicial
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Brewer's Politics: A Phrase and Fable Dictionary by Nicholas Comfort (£17.50)Publisher: Cassell — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0304340855]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a faint stain to the foot, small pen mark mid-way. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. First blank a little creased.Description: From the introduction: “Political life has produced a rich treasury of words and phrases and it continues to do so. Every politician draws on this heritage from time to time. Many politicians add to the political lexicon – intentionally or otherwise. Until now no-one has tried to bring together in a single volume the entire folk-memory of political language, from brilliant epigrams that have made reputations, from gaffes that have made headlines, from technical Parliamentary phrases..”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 693 pages. Tags: 0304340855 0304346594 0304348740 action argument aristocracy comfort community conduct defence dictionaries economics english government industrial insults language law local maxims meetings nicholas phraseology political politicians politics practical quotations reference relations science terminology washington westminster works
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Diplomacy To Politics by Wynn Hugh-Jones (£16.50)Publisher: The Memoir Club — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1841040630]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Top edges of text block very lightly spotted otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “This is a true story of twentieth-century travel and venture, told in an unusually informative and entertaining way, including the author’s diplomatic career in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Africa, and an inside account of the ‘Great Debate’ campaign of 1971 and the parliamentary battles of 1971/72 which took Britain into Europe.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 466 pages. Tags: llangollen lloyd george jesi house common jedda paris standard athletic club’s arosa touré guinea ashley clarke campidoglio raf diplomatic career foreign and commonwealth europe
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The End of the Party by Andrew Rawnsley (£15.50)Publisher: Viking — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0670918512]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the head of the upper panel, overall a little faded. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “In the words of one reviewer, Andrew Rawnsley takes the reader ‘into the room or the helicopter or on to the leather seats of the ministerial car’. His bestselling and award-winning Servants of the People was acclaimed across all media as the most authoritative, gripping and entertaining account of the making of New Labour and its first term in office. As another reviewer put it, ‘Rawnsley’s ability to unearth revelations at the highest level of government may leave you suspecting that there are bugs in the vases at Number 10’.

The End of the Party delivers more of the astonishing revelations, penetrating insights and sharp wit that readers expect from Britain’s foremost political commentator and television documentary maker. It takes up the New Labour story from the day of the second election victory in 2001. The reader is treated to riveting inside accounts of all the key events, from 9/11 and the Iraq War to the financial crisis and the parliamentary expenses scandal. There are sharp and vivid character portraits of all the main players as Rawnsley takes us through the triumphs and tribulations of New Labour, as well as the incendiary private feuds and remarkable reconciliations between Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson.

The End of the Party draws on hundreds of interviews and confidential conversations with those at the heart of power for more than a decade. Taking the reader behind the black door of Number 10, it is overflowing with extraordinary anecdotes which depict the powerful as they really are.

Servants of the People was praised for the acuity of its judgements and the sheer excitement of its narrative. In The End of the Party Andrew Rawnsley now provides the definitive account of the rise and fall of New Labour.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 800 pages. Tags: labour party great britain politics and government 2007- 1997-2007 economic policy foreign imperialism andrew rawnsley 0670918512 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Brewer's Politics: A Phrase and Fable Dictionary by Nicholas Comfort (£14.50)Publisher: Cassell — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0304340855]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper and onto the margins of the panels. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the introduction: “Political life has produced a rich treasury of words and phrases and it continues to do so. Every politician draws on this heritage from time to time. Many politicians add to the political lexicon – intentionally or otherwise. Until now no-one has tried to bring together in a single volume the entire folk-memory of political language, from brilliant epigrams that have made reputations, from gaffes that have made headlines, from technical Parliamentary phrases..”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 693 pages. Tags: 0304340855 0304346594 0304348740 action argument aristocracy comfort community conduct defence dictionaries economics english government industrial insults language law local maxims meetings nicholas phraseology political politicians politics practical quotations reference relations science terminology washington westminster works
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The Constitutional History of Modern Britain since 1485 by David Lindsay Keir (£14.00)Publisher: Adam & Charles Black — 1966Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Unlaminated DJ a little edgeworn and faded with several nicks and chips, slight loss. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Text more than acceptable.Description: 8th Edition. From the cover: “This volume will be invaluable to students of the subject for many years to come. It is, from beginning to end, a Constitutional History, not a treatise on Constitutional Law or Political Theory… Attention should be drawn to one great, and unusual, merit of this book, its literary style. Mr. Keir presents his conclusions in language which is always clear and neat, frequently eloquent, and at times dramatic — R. B. Mccallum”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 600 pages. Tags: constitutional history modern english government church tudor monarchy concillar parliamentary monarchy constitution parliamentary reform bill rights articles war commonwealth benevolences revenue house lords judicial rights house commons bosworth imperial war secretariat cabinet common law judges church england cinque ports civil list clarendon commissions array common law convocation foreign affairs eldon emancipists health impeachments lords appeal cavalier peers peerage parliamentary reform statutory authorities state intervention westminster welfare state treasury
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Lal Bahaduk Shastri by C. P. Srivastava (£13.50)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0195634993]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Bruised at head of spine and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Leans slightly. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but with a few pages lightly creased.Description: Prime Minister of India 1964-1966. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the flap: “The life of Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904-66), India's second prime minister and successor to Jawaharlal Nehru, is the absorbing saga of a little man, who while suffering the rigours of poverty in early life, rose to political eminence on the strength of moral principle. When he died he left no land, no house, and no money. But he did leave behind an example which is morally inspiring. The author of this biography was Shastri's personal aide for several years. He was with Shastri until the last day of his life, in Tashkent. He collected a large number of original documents from the USA; he interviewed bureaucrats, politicians and diplomats who were associated with Shastri's life and career; he travelled in Shastri's footsteps within India and abroad; he consulted medical experts to ascertain the truth about Shastri's death.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 448 pages. Tags: india’s prime minister succession india’s relations with pakistan operation desert hawk india pakistan united nations tashkent kosygin krishnamachari nehru kamaraj president radhakrishnan nasser makarios trevor keelor chavan swaran singh cabinet minister uttar pradesh new delhi lucknow government lndia bombay servants the people society provincial leader parliamentary secretary cabinet minister chinese ultimatum operation grand slam operation gibraltar india’s relations with the usa india’s relations with the ussr indo-pak war peace negotiations political corruption kamaraj plan english-hindi national language controversy food scarcity hazratbal episode shrine kashmir diplomatic negotiations tightrope relations with china politicians diplomats bureaucrats
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The Autobiography of William Cobbett: The Progress of a Plough-boy to a Seat in Parliament by Edited by William Reitzel (£13.00)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 1947Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slight loss at the spine ends and heavier fading to the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned, heavier so at the blanks. Description: The publication of this classic in 1933 was to all intents and purposes the first publication of William Cobbett's own connected story of his eventful career until he took his seat in the reformed House of Commons.Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 272 pages. Tags: cobbett william 1763-1835 politicians great britain biography politician writer and farmer progress plough-boy legislators botley hampshire autobiographies political history reform parliamentary movement journalists edited reitzel
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The House Party by Alan David Walder (£13.00)Publisher: London: Hutchinson & Co (Publishers) Ltd — 1966Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which has a short closed tear to the head of the upper panel. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Peter Edwards. Size: 8" x 5¼". Orange boards with Black titling to the Spine. 191 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st edwardian weekends politicians preying politics parliamentary delegation bizarre westminster mistresses
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The Road to Number 10 by Alan Watkins (£12.50)Publisher: Duckworth — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715628151]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Leans slightly.Description: From the cover: “The way in which party leaders are chosen and prime ministers come to power in Britain is of wide interest to Westminster, Whitehall, the world of academe and the general public. A great deal has been written about it from time to time in the media much of it mistaken. This highly readable book, written by one of our most experienced political commentators, is the first to concentrate on the way political leaders have come to power, from Bonar Law in 1922 to Tony BIair in 1997. Its theme is the rise of party democracy during the period and the consequential diminution in the royal prerogative to choose the Prime Minister — a change welcomed at the Palace.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 314 pages. Tags: westminster whitehall electoral college labour party exhaustive ballot forms democracy democratisation labour’s golden age the queen’s commission dissolution parliament statement parliamentary committee the labour party, january 1957 how politicians become prime minister downing street ramsay macdonald c.r. attlee harold wilson james callaghan tony blair austen chamberlain william hague neville chamberlain alec douglas-home james callaghan stanley baldwin system election party leaders edward heath margaret thatcher baldwin winston churchill anthony eden harold macmillan won general elections george george disputed successions national government transmission office
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Cobbett's England by William Cobbett (£11.50)Publisher: The Folio Society — 1968Binding: Hardback - in Slip Case Condition: Very Good - in Very Good Slipcase. Gently faded at the spine.Description: First in this edition. From the introduction: “William Cobbett is best remembered as the greatest of English political journalists. He was no political thinker, for his mind was too warped by prejudice and too easily moved by emotion for him to attain any real depth or consistency as a theorist. And although for the last few years of his life he represented Oldham in the reformed House of Commons, he was singularly ineffective as a practising politician. It is as a journalist and traveller that he is familiar to posterity.”Notes: Illustrated by James Gillray (Engravings). Size: 9" x 5¾". Blue & Pink boards with Gilt & Blue titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 276 pages. Tags: addington boxing catholics cobbett corn dissenters emigration enclosures factories laws malthus methodists parliamentary parson pitt political popularity quakers reform register scandal westminster wilberforce william
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The Pebbled Shore by Elizabeth Longford (£11.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297788639]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the flap: “Elizabeth Longford, author and biographer, only began her writing career in her fifties. Before that she had successfully combined her roles as wife of Frank Pakenham, the brilliant Labour Cabinet Minister and future Earl of Longford, as mother of an ever growing family and as prospective parliamentary Labour candidate first for King’s Norton and then for Oxford. These delightful memoirs, written with great warmth and charm, cover the first sixty years of Lady Longford’s eventful life, ending in 1969 with her biography, Wellington: The Years of the Sword, winning the Yorkshire Post literary prize and the tragic death of her daughter Catherine.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 351 pages. Tags: bishop harman joseph chamberlain neville non-conformist household maurice bowra hugh gaitskell leading oxford undergraduette frank pakenham water eaton headington school lady margaret hall dramatic society presents somerhill evelyn waugh edward Longford alastair graham john betjeman margaret’s westminster larksfield brancaster birmingham pageant naomi mitchison minister british zone germany james callaghan labour party conference bodiam casde bemhurst candidate general electton 1950
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Afternoon Light by Sir Robert Menzies (£10.50)Publisher: Cassell & Co. — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0304915084]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Pages very gently age-tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Portraiture frontispiece. 4th edition. [First Edition: 1967] Portraiture frontispiece. 4th Edition. From the flap: “No living statesman has been more intimately concerned with world events over the past thirty years than Sir Robert Menzies. From the early days of World War II he not only saw history in the making but, throughout that period, he made a unique contribution to the conduct of affairs far outside his native Australia. Sir Robert was Prime Minister of Australia from 1939-41 and from 1949-66.”Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 384 pages. Tags: 20th africa and attlee australia australian autobiographies baldwin biography britain british century chamberlain churchill commonwealth crisis examination government great history historyworld law liberalism memories menzies ministers modem nations parliamentary personal political politics premiers prime privilege reflections revival rhodesia robert sir south students suez the winston work world
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Livingstone's Labour: A Programme for the Nineties by Ken Livingstone (£10.50)Publisher: Unwin Hyman — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0044403461]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.Description: From the cover: “Ken Livingstone is a serious, principled and imaginative politician, and a potential future leader of the Labour Party — but this is hardly the view of him we are normally allowed to see. It is no surprise that in Livingstone’s Labour he has some harsh things to say about the media -but that is just one of his many concerns in his most important book yet. Livingstone’s Labour is Ken Livingstone’s political manifesto — and a manifesto for the Left for the next decade. He surveys Labour’s electoral and ideological failure over recent years, and explains the Tories’ success. He proposes what Labour must do if they are to win the next general election — and pinpoints the forces they will have to defeat in order to stay in power. Ken Livingstone presents a coherent and carefully argued set of views on the most vigorously debated issues of contemporary Britain — Ireland, racial and sexual discrimination, MIS and the CIA, the White House and Whitehall, environmental vandalism, devolution, proportional representation, the House of Lords and the monarchy. He charts policies for the economy, employment, defence, Europe and foreign affairs — and envisages the world in the year 2025. Seen like this, Livingstone’s views stop being the sensationalist stuff of the popular press and become a credible programme for radical government. His most serious arguments are fluently expressed and enlivened with vivid anecdote and example. Anyone who is concerned about Britain’s future government must read this book. Everyone who does will enjoy it.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 310 pages. Tags: britain committee defeatism election executive government great labour labour’s parliamentary parties party policies political politics reform social socialist studies thatcher’s thatcherism triumph victory wave whilst
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Seventeenth Century England: A Changing Culture Volume 2 Modern Stories by Edited by W. R. Owens (£10.50)Publisher: Ward Lock — 1987Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0706240898]Condition: Good. Notably rubbed at the outside edges of the cover and spine. Upper wrap a little curled. Light reading creases to the spine. Previous owners inscription to title page.Description: 4th Reprint. [First: 1980] From the cover: “This anthology has been designed for use by Open University students taking A203, an interdisciplinary course on the changing culture of seventeenth-century England, but it will also appeal to a wider readership interested in this period.

It brings together a wide range of modern studies by some of the foremost authorities dealing with the significant and often controversial aspects of the history, thought and literature of this period. Twenty-six articles have been reprinted, grouped under broad subject headings. There are sections on the structure and beliefs of seventeenth-century society; on the wider European context, economic practice and theory; the developments which led up to Civil War; political thought and philosophy; the history of science and the Royal Society; and literature and the arts. The material reprinted has been taken from a variety of books and learned journals of the various disciplines represented, and there are helpful editorial notes.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). In the Modern Studies series. 337 pages. Tags: 17th absalom addresses age agriculture and archbishop aristocracy arminianism austerity beliefs britain calvinist century change changing charles civil civilization consumer cultural culture disdain donne downfall dryden’s economics economists economy effects england england’s english essays europe execution experimental farm filmer france george great harrington’s herbert his history hobbes hobbes’s improving
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The Government We Deserve by Colin R. Coote (£10.50)Publisher: Eyre & Spottiswoode — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0413264408]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges with a ½" closed tear at the foot of the spine, a little tanned. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “There has been much talk in recent years of the need for reform in all our parliamentary institutions as they face the pressures of modern society, and it is in response to these questions that Sir Colin considers the many varied aspects of the democratic system of government both in Britain and abroad. In a wide-ranging approach he covers the problem of electoral reform — whether there is a need to introduce some form of proportional representation, or Primary elections on the American model — the reform of the franchise and reduction of the number of constituencies.”Notes: Jacket designed by Craig Dodd. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 255 pages. Tags: nationalization professionalism representation constituencies confederation rack-renting associations proportional by-elections conservative suffragettes nationalized transferable wage-earners commonwealth devaluation legislative nationalist agriculture objectivity absenteeism hooliganism maintenance syndicalism resignation favouritism politicians bureaucracy corporation ministries chancellor opposition punishment government privileges parliament committees immigrants industries principles abstention industrial candidates compulsory automation preference commission butskelism practices overlords expansion
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The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow (£10.50)Publisher: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297852582]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges otherwise a very well presented copy. Dust wrapper now protected in a removable mylar sleeve. Description: Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Orange titling to the Spine. 497 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st witchcraft england history bird-child bath lyme bay fish boy sussex rat baby newton rival robert hooke parliamentary act witchfinder mercia east anglia
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The Making of the English Landscape by W. G. Hoskins (£10.50)Publisher: London: The Folio Society — 2005Binding: Hardback in Slip Case Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Slip Case. Description: Contains: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Plans;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Keith Thomas. Size: 10¼" x 7½". Pictorial boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIX] 280 pages. Tags: historical geography landscapes britain pre-roman landscape anglo-saxon estate boundaries marsh fen moor rural england parliamentary enclosure industrial water-power mills steam-power slums roads canals railways market-town
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The Minister by Maurice Edelman (£10.50)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, small tears at the tail of the spine with slight loss. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners.Description: From the cover: “At the height of his success as Secretary of State for Commonwealth and Colonial Affairs, Geoffrey Melville, relaxing after a speech in honour of an African leader at Lancaster House, makes an indiscreet remark to his neighbour, a political hostess, which involves him and the nation in a mesh of tragedy centred in Africa.”Notes: Jacket designed by Charles Mozley. Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 286 pages. Tags: commonwealth africa political enmity chancellor prime minister hubris westminster parliamentary novel modem political novelists
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The Selectorate: The Case for Primary Elections in Britain by Peter Paterson (£10.50)Publisher: MacGibbon & Kee — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, some small nicks, faded at the spine and the lower panel. Edges of the textblock tanned.Description: From the cover: “Parliamentary reform is in the air, particularly since a group of young Labour MP’s with radical ideas on the subject entered the House of Commons in 1964 and 1966. Peter Paterson argues, how- ever, that Parliamentary reform must start further back with a recasting of the methods by which MP’s are selected in the first place to become official candidates for their parties — their passport to Westminster.”Notes: Jacket designed by Ken Reilly. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Olive boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 190 pages. Tags: parliamentary reform official candidates parties westminster democracy political interest sitting election minority groups communities labour party trade unions conservative party denial democracy british political system house commons prime minister government party workers central office parliamentary candidate selection committee reform acts polarization british politics local conservative association edmund burke winning election
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Betty Boothroyd: The Autobiography by Betty Boothroyd (£9.50)Publisher: Century — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0712679480]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ nicked at top edge of lower panel near spine. A nice copy overall but bumped at lower corners.Description: Betty Boothroyd: The Autobiography has Baroness Boothroyd of Sandwell, with her characteristic endearing zeal, recounting her trail from working-class Dewsbury to Westminster. The daughter of a weftman, she passes from rags to political riches with the Labour Party, to which she claims an umbilical loyalty. After a now-notorious spell with the Tiller Girls, she started working full-time for the Labour Party, and eventually, after four attempts at securing a seat, she finally won West Bromwich in 1973--the constituency she was to represent for 27 years. Pro-Europe, pro-choice, anti-capital punishment, she was made a junior Whip in 1974 and Deputy Speaker in 1987 before finally succeeding Jack Weatherill to become the 155th--and first female--Speaker of the House of Commons in 1992. By the time of her retirement from the Chair in July 2000, her wigless informality had seen her become one of the most recognisable and popular faces, not just in the House or West Bromwich, but throughout the country.The woman Private Eye cruelly and unfairly accused of having all the charm of carbon monoxide gas in an airtight room airs her story with unstuffy grace and emphatic integrity. Much has been made of the large sum the publishers paid for her story, but Boothroyd chooses discretion over revelation in describing her path from model to Madame Speaker: while she discusses her brief experience training with the Tiller Girls, she includes no photographs from the period, and declines to elaborate further on the three proposals of marriage she claims to have received. Nevertheless, she assesses her political career and tenure on the Chair with splendid candour, from the fight to rid the Party of Militant, ding-dongs with party Whips, the cash for questions controversy, Nelson Mandela's first state visit to London, Gerry Adams' and Martin McGuinness' refusal to take the Parliamentary oath, to the fuss over her banning women MPs from breastfeeding during committee. 353pp.Tags: betty boothroyd parliament dewsbury talented dancer tiller girls west end election local council labour party politics house commons barbara castle geoffrey freitas harry walston becoming political career first woman speaker turbulent periods british politics john major conservative party tony blair labour landslide victory political opinion south-east leicester by-election general election richardson bob mellish militant’s last stand european parliament thatcher victory 1979 michael foot neil kinnock speaker’s house the opposition madam speaker gennady seleznev pandit pant lecture chancellor the open university thriplow
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Can Parliament Survive? by Christopher Hollis (£9.50)Publisher: Hollis & Carter — 1949Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with fraying at the tail of the spine. Price Clipped. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly spotted with tanning to the endpapers and blanks. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “Christopher Hollis here develops the argument that the age of universal suffrage and parliamentary government is also proving to be the time when parliaments are losing their power. This is particularly the case where-ever Socialist parties, by nationalising successive sections of industry, place them under a managerial control.

This penetrating and stimulating study of what is really happening traces how party government and parliament became the central institution of the national life, and how to-day, so much of that life, because it is industrialised, is being organised outside of and away from parliament. Industry is increasingly passing under the control of centralised bureaucracy, only in the vaguest sense responsible to Parliament or the public. Even if parliamentary control was accepted as proper policy, Parliament to-day is far too congested with business to be able to exercise it properly.

Mr. Hollis examines sympathetically the various suggestions that have been made to relieve parliament and to keep alive democratic authority by the creation of an Industrial Parliament, whether as a third chamber or a body like the Assembly of the Church of England. He argues that the present House of Commons will function much better, be able to restore more private members’ time, and discuss more private members’ bills, in proportion as it is relieved of ‘the details of industrial legislation for which it is manifestly incompetent’.

Overshadowing all the proposals is the great issue, how to preserve any real and effective liberty under modern conditions, and on this too, Mr. Hollis, as those who know his writing will expect, comes to grips with the real difficulties, and has much that is invigorating and constructive to say.”
Notes: Jacket designed by George Mansell. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 148 pages. Tags: and britain constitution democracy communism government great industrial industry liberty new parliament politics post-socialism reform responsibility socialism states the united world
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Canberra Sketchbook by Jeff Isaacs (£9.50)Publisher: A.G.P.S. — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0644131349]Condition: Very Good. Wraps rubbed at the edges.Description: Notes: Size: 8¼" x 11½". 46 pages. Tags: canberra charles throsby smith aborigines murnunbidgee river canberry robert campbell duntroon parliament house menzies govemment griffin woden-weston creek tuggeranong parliamentary triangle commonwealth avenue
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Elizabeth: Apprenticeship by David Starkey (£9.50)Publisher: Chatto & Windus — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0701169397]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Reprint. [First: Same Year] From the cover: “An abused child yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, passionately sexual yet — she said — a virgin, Elizabeth I was to be famed as England's most successful ruler. This absorbing new book, by concentrating on the early years from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558, shows how her experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 339 pages. Tags: thyssen-bornemisza eve-of-coronation rehabilitation parliamentary imprisonment throckmorton retribution adventurers bedingfield antiquaries elizabeth's prisoner's resistance stepfather honourable government coronation stepmother procession portraits fulfilled accession rebellion exclusion pregnancy religious adulthood ashmolean elizabeth childhood education greenwich tavistock catherine progress practice allegory politics personal reginald marriage cardinal property national marquess reformed religion portrait father's whitaker hatfield
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Grand Inquisitor: Memoirs by Sir Robin Day (£9.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297796607]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Revealing the struggles and gambles behind his seemingly unimpeded success, his often stormy relationship with the BBC; combining trenchant opinions and challenging ideas with a wealth of hilarious anecdotes, Sir Robin tells us how the hard-hitting bespectacled reporter of the fifties became a television superstar. From his boyhood, army service, Oxford years and his experience as a barrister, Sir Robin goes on to describe how he won his way into television, and made his name, as a newscaster and interviewer, in the newly-founded ITN. He explains why he stood as a parliamentary candidate, and how he came to join the celebrated team of reporters on Panorama, then the flagship of BBC Television’s journalistic fleet. Sir Robin, it has been said, ‘has occupied a place on the political stage longer than anyone but the Sovereign herself’. Here, he recalls reporting the momentous Suez parliamentary debates, and his historic interview with Egypt’s President Nasser. He remembers his controversial role at the centre of television’s coverage of eight general elections. And, for the first time, gives his unique personal reminiscences of the six Prime Ministers — Macmillan, Home, Wilson, Heath, Callaghan and Thatcher — that he has interviewed..”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 206 pages. Tags: alec autobiography award ayub bbc bernard bibliographies biographies biography booth britain broadcast broadcasting callaghan campaign candidate churchill clibborn college controversial controversy cover coverage cox crises crosland day debates dennis dimbleby douglas edward egypt’s elections eric fifties flagship forefront foreign forum freedom front-page fujiyama general great grimond heath heseltine history holyoake indiana
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Grand Inquisitor: Memoirs by Sir Robin Day (£9.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297796607]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dustwrapper. Top edges of text block tanned.Description: From the cover: “Revealing the struggles and gambles behind his seemingly unimpeded success, his often stormy relationship with the BBC; combining trenchant opinions and challenging ideas with a wealth of hilarious anecdotes, Sir Robin tells us how the hard-hitting bespectacled reporter of the fifties became a television superstar. From his boyhood, army service, Oxford years and his experience as a barrister, Sir Robin goes on to describe how he won his way into television, and made his name, as a newscaster and interviewer, in the newly-founded ITN. He explains why he stood as a parliamentary candidate, and how he came to join the celebrated team of reporters on Panorama, then the flagship of BBC Television’s journalistic fleet. Sir Robin, it has been said, ‘has occupied a place on the political stage longer than anyone but the Sovereign herself’. Here, he recalls reporting the momentous Suez parliamentary debates, and his historic interview with Egypt’s President Nasser. He remembers his controversial role at the centre of television’s coverage of eight general elections. And, for the first time, gives his unique personal reminiscences of the six Prime Ministers — Macmillan, Home, Wilson, Heath, Callaghan and Thatcher — that he has interviewed.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Silver titling to the Spine. 296 pages. Tags: alec autobiography award ayub bbc bernard bibliographies biographies biography booth britain broadcast broadcasting callaghan campaign candidate churchill clibborn college controversial controversy cover coverage cox crises crosland day debates dennis dimbleby douglas edward egypt’s elections eric fifties flagship forefront foreign forum freedom front-page fujiyama general great grimond heath heseltine history holyoake indiana
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Historic Britain by Edited by Graham Fisher (£9.50)Publisher: Odhams — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded, heavier so on the spine with a small scuff toward the tail. Price Clipped. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. Later Printing. [First Edition: 1956]. From the flap: “Unique in presentation, this volume combines in a most attractive way, the pictorial appeal of a fully-illustrated introduction to Britain’s rich heritage of scenic and architectural beauty and the endless fascination and interest of an authoritative yet vivid cavalcade of famous events and people in British history, folklore and legend, memories of which are still evoked today by the vast treasury of the past that lies all around us.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by John Pennington. Size: 9" x 6". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: antiquarianism churchwardens’ neighbourhoods nonconformity parliamentary battlefields architecture certificates enumerators’ inquisitions assessments directories inventories transcripts countryside witchcraft rebellions newspapers historical population britain’s inclosure institute registers decennial libraries buildings explorers workhouse smugglers townships massacres prisoners intrigues landscape accounts building exploits bishops’ villages invaders regional wayfarer folklore phantoms medieval historic victoria national evidence marriage
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Honourable Member: An Inside Look at the House of Commons by Richard Needham (£9.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0850595991]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper and more lightly so onto the margins of the panels. Price Clipped. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “Richard Needham, twice elected MP for Chippenham (now called North Wiltshire), has now produced that rarest of commodities, a book which not only gives a thorough guide to the workings of Parliament but does so in a style which is informative, humorous and entertaining. With the aid of his characters Pringle and Daphne Dempster, a couple of young hopefuls aspiring to success in the political arena, he explores the life and work of an MP. How does he get selected by a Party? How does he fight an election? The anecdotes about canvassing during election time are mainly taken from actual incidents and provide hilarious reading.

Having obtained his seat in the House of Commons, Pringle is faced with the problem of becoming familiar with one of the world’s most complex organisations. The reader is introduced to such formidable characters as the Chief Whip, the Speaker of the House, Black Rod, the Serjeant at Arms and many others. Their duties and functions are explained in a way which will give the reader an entirely new appreciation of Parliamentary life.

As well as activities inside the House, we see Pringle and Daphne in their constituency and enjoy their attempts to woo the voters. We learn how MPs spend their leisure hours and how they have to cultivate outside interests against the fateful day when they are rejected by an ungrateful electorate. Finally, there is the prospect of promotion. Will Pringle finally be summoned by the PM and become a Right Honourable Member?

Nobody with the least interest in politics could hope for a better or more instructive inside view of one of our greatest institutions.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Peter Hurst. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: anecdotes britain commons etc facetiae great house humor humour parliament satire
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Industrial Relations by Michael P Jackson (£9.50)Publisher: Croom Helm — 1978Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0856641995]Condition: Very Good.Description: Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 281 pages. Tags: industrial relations 331’.094l trade unions industrial enterprise management employers collective bargaining productivity bargaining industrial conflict strikes trade union membership labour party parliamentary candidates industrial firms shop stewards industrial disputes workers stoppages strike causation industrial relations system oxford group fatchett wittingham industrial relations writing sociologists economist history economics government sociology psychology
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Inside Story: A Documentary of the Pursuit of Power by Chapman Pincher (£9.50)Publisher: London: Sidgwick & Jackson — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0283984937]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is tanned at the spine.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “Inside Story is a unique series of exposures and disclosures about what goes on behind the scenes in Whitehall and Westminster by a man uniquely qualified to make them.

For more than thirty years, Chapman Pincher has been close confidant of a succession of statesmen, senior civil servants, forces chiefs, ambassadors and officers of the secret intelligence and security services. This has given him unprecedented insight into the activities of the people who govern our lives and of the machinery they manipulate.

During his stormy career-no other writer has been the subject of so much discussion in the Commons-he acquired an unparalleled reputation for disclosing events and developments which Whitehall, Westminster; or both, were hoping to hide. So great was his success as an investigative journalist that in 1967 Granada instituted a special award for him-Reporter of the Decade. Ten years later, he was still at the centre of Parliamentary storms over the alleged ‘bugging’ of Sir Harold Wilson.

Scourge of ministers and Whitehall mandarins alike, he has nevertheless retained the friendship and confidence of most of them. Inside Story, which is very much an ‘I was there…’ book, is peopled not only by household names like Harold Macmillan, George Brown, Beaverbrook, Harold Wilson, Lady Falkender and Enoch Powell, but by spies and defectors like Philby, Burgess and Maclean, Vassall, Penkovsky and Lyalin.

Chapman Pincher provides new facts about affairs of consuming interest, such as the resignation of Harold Wilson, the mystery of Frogman Crabb, the political sex scandals and the operation of intelligence services against the Labour Party. For the first time, he explains why Wilson warned the electorate that ‘cohorts of distinguished journalists’ were looking for information with which to smear him and why he pursued the damaging D Notice affair He throws new light on telephone-tapping, ‘bugging’ and the operations in Britain of the CIA and the KGB, including his own relationship with one of the KGB’s dangerous agents. He also lifts the curtain on some of the occasions when he was helped in combating the KGB through his relations with MI5 and MI6.

Though Inside Story contains some fascinating reminiscences about Lord Beaverbrook — some of them hilarious — it is definitely not a book about the struggle for circulation in Fleet Street It is about the struggle for power at the hub of the nation — the Whitehall-Westminster complex, with particular emphasis on its secret departments. .”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Maroon boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 400 pages. Tags: britain politics government intelligence service information press official secrets internal security political observations
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Inside Story: A Documentary of the Pursuit of Power by Chapman Pincher (£9.50)Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0283984937]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges, a little faded at the panels and heavier so at the spine. Price Clipped. Leans a little. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.

From the cover: “Inside Story is a unique series of exposures and disclosures about what goes on behind the scenes in Whitehall and Westminster by a man uniquely qualified to make them.

For more than thirty years, Chapman Pincher has been close confidant of a succession of statesmen, senior civil servants, forces chiefs, ambassadors and officers of the secret intelligence and security services. This has given him unprecedented insight into the activities of the people who govern our lives and of the machinery they manipulate.

During his stormy career-no other writer has been the subject of so much discussion in the Commons-he acquired an unparalleled reputation for disclosing events and developments which Whitehall, Westminster; or both, were hoping to hide. So great was his success as an investigative journalist that in 1967 Granada instituted a special award for him-Reporter of the Decade. Ten years later, he was still at the centre of Parliamentary storms over the alleged ‘bugging’ of Sir Harold Wilson.

Scourge of ministers and Whitehall mandarins alike, he has nevertheless retained the friendship and confidence of most of them. Inside Story, which is very much an ‘I was there…’ book, is peopled not only by household names like Harold Macmillan, George Brown, Beaverbrook, Harold Wilson, Lady Falkender and Enoch Powell, but by spies and defectors like Philby, Burgess and Maclean, Vassall, Penkovsky and Lyalin.

Chapman Pincher provides new facts about affairs of consuming interest, such as the resignation of Harold Wilson, the mystery of Frogman Crabb, the political sex scandals and the operation of intelligence services against the Labour Party. For the first time, he explains why Wilson warned the electorate that ‘cohorts of distinguished journalists’ were looking for information with which to smear him and why he pursued the damaging D Notice affair He throws new light on telephone-tapping, ‘bugging’ and the operations in Britain of the CIA and the KGB, including his own relationship with one of the KGB’s dangerous agents. He also lifts the curtain on some of the occasions when he was helped in combating the KGB through his relations with MI5 and MI6.

Though Inside Story contains some fascinating reminiscences about Lord Beaverbrook — some of them hilarious — it is definitely not a book about the struggle for circulation in Fleet Street It is about the struggle for power at the hub of the nation — the Whitehall-Westminster complex, with particular emphasis on its secret departments..”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 400 pages. Tags: telephone-tapping parliamentary intelligence departments westminster beaverbrook ambassadors manipulate succession political defectors falkender macmillan penkovsky mandarins machinery exposures statesmen whitehall dangerous scandals damaging services officers security struggle servants vassall bugging alleged maclean mystery frogman burgess secret hoping govern wilson chiefs forces senior scenes behind inside lyalin storms harold agents george affair notice powell philby power story kgb’s civil crabb brown spies enoch lives hide they lady for the sex cia sir our chapman pincher 0283984937 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Italy: A Difficult Democracy: A Survey of Italian Politics by Frederic Spotts; Theodore Wieser; (£9.50)Publisher: Cambridge University Press — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0521315115]Condition: Good+. Upper wrap a little curled. Leans a little. Text complete, clean and tight but with a small mark to the title page.Description: 4th Reprint. [First: 1986] From the cover: “Italy is the world’s sixth economic power, lies in a key geopolitical position, and was a founding member of the Atlantic Alliance and the European Community. Yet of all the major European states Italy is the least understood and studied. This book provides the best up-to-date survey of the Italian political scene during the forty years since World War II. It describes the inner dynamics of the political parties, the day-to-day functioning of the governing institutions, and the interaction of the country’s economic, social, and political life. It shows how a political system, riven with difficulties and seemingly in a continual crisis, survives and prospers — in some ways more successfully than its purportedly better-governed neighbours. Based on the authors’ first-hand observations of Italian politics, the book offers a valuable insight into a subtle and complex, but fascinating political world.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 329 pages. Tags: twentieth-century industrialization administration transformation postconciliar parliamentary fragmentation indispensable conspiracies all-powerful plebiscitary corporations sottogoverno trasformismo parliament's organization communists' governments performance politicized ideological reformation cooperation agnosticism protestants comparative environment instability development regionalism alternation acceptance peripheral impossible preference tutissimus commitment variations government legitimacy indicators autonomous presidents centralism electorate democratic devolution socialists parliament authority dominance
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Livingstone's Labour: A Programme for the Nineties by Ken Livingstone (£9.50)Publisher: Unwin Hyman — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0044403461]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. A little rubbing to the top edges of the dust wrapper.Description: From the cover: “Ken Livingstone is a serious, principled and imaginative politician, and a potential future leader of the Labour Party — but this is hardly the view of him we are normally allowed to see. It is no surprise that in Livingstone’s Labour he has some harsh things to say about the media -but that is just one of his many concerns in his most important book yet. Livingstone’s Labour is Ken Livingstone’s political manifesto — and a manifesto for the Left for the next decade. He surveys Labour’s electoral and ideological failure over recent years, and explains the Tories’ success. He proposes what Labour must do if they are to win the next general election — and pinpoints the forces they will have to defeat in order to stay in power. Ken Livingstone presents a coherent and carefully argued set of views on the most vigorously debated issues of contemporary Britain — Ireland, racial and sexual discrimination, MIS and the CIA, the White House and Whitehall, environmental vandalism, devolution, proportional representation, the House of Lords and the monarchy. He charts policies for the economy, employment, defence, Europe and foreign affairs — and envisages the world in the year 2025. Seen like this, Livingstone’s views stop being the sensationalist stuff of the popular press and become a credible programme for radical government. His most serious arguments are fluently expressed and enlivened with vivid anecdote and example. Anyone who is concerned about Britain’s future government must read this book. Everyone who does will enjoy it.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 310 pages. Tags: britain committee defeatism election executive government great labour labour’s parliamentary parties party policies political politics reform social socialist studies thatcher’s thatcherism triumph victory wave whilst
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Marxism and Historical Writing by Paul Q. Hirst (£9.50)Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul — 1986Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0710211058]Condition: Very Good. A little faded at the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: A Later Printing. Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). [X] 184 pages. Tags: absolutism addresses analysis and anderson balance cohen collingwood communism consumption crisis critique essays for historical historiography history institutions interview its karl labour lectures local marx marxian marxist materialism necessity obstacles parliamentary perry poverty principles priorities problems purpose reconstruction relativism road science sheet social sociology the theory thompson uniqueness west with
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Mr Speaker by George Thomas (£9.50)Publisher: Century — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0712607064]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges with laminate lifting slightly at the foot of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.

From the cover: “George Thomas, a coalminer’s son from Tonypandy in Wales, was elected Speaker of the House of Commons in 1976.

It was the year of Harold Wilson’s resignation as Prime Minister and Jeremy Thorpe’s as Liberal Party Leader. The Labour Government lost its overall majority in the Commons and, faced with a desperate struggle to find votes, the procedural rulings of the Speaker became matters of passionate controversy. Tempers were lost, scuffles broke out on the floor of the House and the mace — the symbol of the Speaker’s authority

- was wielded in anger by a Front-Bench MP.

During these turbulent years, George Thomas was the right man in the right place. His success as Speaker came towards the end of a career that had begun in Wales, first as a school teacher and then in politics, which he entered as a Christian Socialist in support of beliefs that have lasted a lifetime.

His moving and affectionate memoirs tell the story of a man of principle who was equally at home with his constituents in Cardiff and with the leaders and statesmen with whom he was to come into contact as he progressed from the Back Benches to his appointment as Secretary of State for Wales with a seat in the Cabinet. He revives memories of some of the main events of the past twenty years, from the tragedy of the Aberfan disaster, where he provides a moving glimpse of Lord Snowdon helping to console the bereaved, to the Investiture of the Prince of Wales, where he tangled with the Marshal of England and master of ceremonies, the Duke of Norfolk.

Mr Speaker also gives a fascinating glimpse of the Labour leaders in office, seen both from George Thomas’s position as a member of the Cabinet and during his seven years as Mr Speaker. After his retirement in 1983 he was created First Viscount Tonypandy and, in the best traditions of the Speaker’s office, he returned to Westminster

- this time to the Upper House — to continue to serve his country. George Thomas’s undoubted ability to inspire affection was mirrored in the invitation by Prince Charles to read the lesson at his wedding. In choosing him for this honour, Prince Charles paid tribute to the integrity and charm which shine through these pages..”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 242 pages. Tags: harold wilson’s resignation jeremy thorpe liberal party leader labour government commons the speaker front-bench george thomas constituents back benches secretary state for wales aberfan disaster lord snowdon investiture prince marshal england master ceremonies duke norfolk leaders office viscount tonypandy politicians great britain 085’092’4 owen buckley glamorgan special constabulary andarte guerrilla welsh parliamentary peace march first hydrogen bomb leasehold reform jomo kenyatta mrs indira gandhi national coal board sir keith joseph david steel jim callaghan lok sabha menachem chairman hua speaker’s house prime minister lee kuan yew weizmann institute issac wolfson procession nato assembly dinner denning 0712607064 editions firsts printings 1st
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The Civil Service in Britain by G. A. Campbell (£9.50)Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co. — 1965Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the price clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. First blank removed. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned otherwise.Description: From the cover: “The purpose of this book is to explain what the British Civil Service does, and how the administrative and executive work of the Government is divided among the principal Departments. The work has been completely revised by the author for this new edition. He describes how officials are recruited, under what conditions they carry out their tasks, and what is the range of salaries paid. The complicated procedures of administration are made clear by showing the system at work in an imaginary Ministry modelled on a present-day Government Department. Special attention is given to the machinery for financing Government Departments and controlling their vast expenditures; to the Treasury and its functions; and to the relations between Parliamentary Committees and the Civil Service. The author, born near Crieff in 1900, has served in the General Post Office, the Home Office, the Central Office of Information and other departments. He now holds a post in commercial television.”Notes: Jacket designed by Edward Piper. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: accounts and annual appropriation april bibliography bill british cinema civil commission committee commons conditions control defence delegated departmental departments diplomatic employing estimates extract films financial from grades imaginary index influence issued january legislation main ministerial ministry more non-industrial officials organization overseas page parliamentary plan present-day proceedings public recruitment reform responsibility revenue rexall salaries secretaries services short social staff standards state structure supplementary the votes
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The Shape of Ice by Douglas Hurd (£9.50)Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0316640328]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.Description: From the cover: “A year on from Tony Blair’s crushing defeat at the General Election, the Conservative government cruises into the new parliamentary session with a comfortable lead in the opinion polls. As tolerable inflation and low unemployment work their soothing magic, Britain drifts into political slumber.

For Prime Minister Simon Russell, however, returning to Westminster after a serious heart attack, it is no time for complacency. Withstanding his wife’s pressure to resign, he moves from meeting to meeting, policy committee to party conference with a new anxiety about his colleagues. Should he fear the Chancellor’s ruthless efficiency? Should he welcome the Home Secretary’s disarming insouciance? Is he becoming too dependent, for emotional support and ideological substance, on the girl who is his press secretary?

Cosseted by, civil servants, petitioned by backbenchers and pursued by the tabloids, Russell at first enjoys his own skill in the political arena. The first IRA bomb attack for five years concentrates the government’s attention on a consuming issue, and suddenly, irrevocably, the Prime Minister is assaulted by crises at home, abroad and in his family life. Events pile up relentlessly. Popular revolutionaries in Russia; corruption in Hong Kong; overcrowded prisons in turmoil — as incidents rise from nowhere, as decisions are hourly demanded, Simon Russell begins a daunting struggle for political and personal survival.

Brilliantly conveying the unrelenting pressure of political existence at the highest level, The Shape of Ice shuttles the reader from routine parliamentary procedure to a media-fuelled international military crisis, from the G8 Summit to the Prime Minister’s most private moments, in a novel of stark authenticity and escalating tension.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Tags: attack blair bomb britain century civil conservative corruption crisis english fiction general great international ira military ministers modern parliamentary personal political prime prisons revolutionaries servants session survival tony turmoil
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Particular Places by Christopher Lewis (£8.50)Publisher: The British Library — 1989Binding: Paperback First Edition. [ISBN: 0712301755]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & diagrams. This book will outline the shape of English local history as a whole, pointing out the different places at which it is possible to start. It is less a manual of local history, telling you what topics to choose and where to find out about them.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Christopher Elrington. Size: 9¾" x 7½". 80 pages. Tags: family history parish urban regional english local england national victoria county historical study antiquarianism birth certificates bishops’ transcripts registers black death british library census decennial enumerators’ books churchwardens’ accounts compton record offices deeds property directories street diaries dissent nonconformity domesday book ephemera farming regions forests hundred rolls hundreds inclosure inquisitions institute research landscape libraries studies poor-law union workhouse manorial records maps ordnance survey marriage neighbourhoods newspapers oral evidence parishes parliamentary papers poll tax population port probate inventories public office rate assessments townships villages
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The Constitutional History of Modern Britain 1485-1937 Fourth Edition by Sir David Lindsay Keir (£8.50)Publisher: London: Adam & Charles Black — 1950Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Leans. Gently faded at the spine. Both boards spotted and slightly damp-stained at the leading edge. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: From the preface: “The constitutional development of Britain and the British Commonwealth imposes on its historian a twofold task. His first duty must be to describe the structure and working of the main organs of government during the successive stages of their growth. Second, but not less imperative, is that of interpreting their evolution with reference to the political and social conditions and the currents of thought and opinion by which it has been determined. British institutions are the product of long and varied experience in the art of government; their historical study demands, more than that of any other system, a clear understanding of the needs they have been devised to fulfil and the forces from which they have drawn vitality. In this volume an endeavour has been made, so far as limits of space allow, to show how government has been conducted by living and changing communities of men sharing a common political tradition.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 568 pages. Tags: age and britain classical constitution constitutional english government great history its monarchy parliamentary politics reform the tudor
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The Dashwoods of West Wycombe by Sir Francis Dashwood (£8.50)Publisher: London: Aurum Press — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0948149779]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “Ten generations of Dashwoods have lived at West Wycombe. This book is the intriguing, lively account by the 11th Baronet of the house and the family’s careers, connections, eccentricities and remarkable achievements.

Their story begins in the seventeenth century with the merchant Dashwoods and their trading ventures in the City of London. The 1st Baronet was created in 1707, but it was his son, Francis, 2nd Baronet (later Lord le Despencer) who brought the name of Dashwood to the fore. A man of enormous energy and enthusiasm, he travelled to Italy, Asia Minor and Russia before founding the renowned Hell-Fire Club in 1748. The club, which included among its members John Wilkes, scandalized the nation with rumours of revelry and sexual frolics. Fun-loving sybarite he undoubtedly was, but Sir Francis also had a distinguished parliamentary career, which included a term as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Later Dashwoods, Sir John and Sir George, also served long periods as Members of Parliament. The 7th Baronet, Sir Edwin, took part in the Battle of Sobraon and led explorations in New Zealand. This spirit of adventure is evident in the present Baronet, whose eventful life has included a spell as a travelling salesman in the United States, involvement in industry and politics, the buying of farms in Australia, Canada and North America, and a successful career in Lloyd’s — not to mention near escapes from polio and from a rock fall while restoring the famous Caves at West Wycombe.

The story of the Dashwoods is inextricably interwoven with that of West Wycombe. This remarkable house with its colonnades, porticoes and temples, its magnificent lake and gardens (described by Benjamin Franklin as ‘a paradise’), is still much as it was when completed by the 2nd Baronet in the 1770s, owned by the National Trust and restored and maintained by the unflagging efforts of Sir Francis. Today West Wycombe is — unusually — a glorious historic house still enjoyed and lived in as a family home.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 248 pages. Tags: dashwood family, homes england buckinghamshire west wycombe, park house buckinghamshire, history buckinghamshire wycombe, england country houses architecture, first edition books, books written sir francis dashwood, 0948149779
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The Ordeal of Philip Yale Drew: A Real Life Murder Melodrama in Three Acts by Richard Whittington-Egan (£8.50)Publisher: London, Toronto, Wellington & Sydney: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0245597301]Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with some loss.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps [1]; Plans;

From the cover: “The story of how a popular actor suddenly found himself the number one suspect in the murder of a Reading tobacconist is both criminologically important and humanly fascinating. Important because the inquest took such a form that the resulting public outcry led to Parliamentary action against the growing and legally unsatisfactory process of trial by Coroner. Fascinating because it is a story of triumph and suffering swaddled in the richly nostalgic atmosphere of the old theatre.

The verdict was greeted by scenes of wild rejoicing. Thousands of people lined Drew’s route from the coroner’s court to his hotel, cheering, weeping and showering flowers on their hero of the moment. But that October day in 1929 was the beginning of the end for the actor. From then on his fortunes went steadily downwards until, before his death — alone and destitute — he was reduced to settling newspapers outside those very theatres where he had once starred.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 360 pages. Tags: murder victim marshfield hills tobacconist constable reading suspect drew philip yale england trial true crime scotland yard detective killer murdered post-mortem coroner actor witness 0245597301
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The Ordeal of Philip Yale Drew: A Real Life Murder Melodrama in Three Acts by Richard Whittington-Egan (£8.50)Publisher: London, Toronto, Wellington & Sydney: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0245597301]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper edgeworn and faded with loss at the spine ends and corners. Now protected in a removable mylar sleeve. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps [1]; Plans;

From the cover: “The story of how a popular actor suddenly found himself the number one suspect in the murder of a Reading tobacconist is both criminologically important and humanly fascinating. Important because the inquest took such a form that the resulting public outcry led to Parliamentary action against the growing and legally unsatisfactory process of trial by Coroner. Fascinating because it is a story of triumph and suffering swaddled in the richly nostalgic atmosphere of the old theatre.

The verdict was greeted by scenes of wild rejoicing. Thousands of people lined Drew’s route from the coroner’s court to his hotel, cheering, weeping and showering flowers on their hero of the moment. But that October day in 1929 was the beginning of the end for the actor. From then on his fortunes went steadily downwards until, before his death — alone and destitute — he was reduced to settling newspapers outside those very theatres where he had once starred.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 360 pages. Tags: murder victim marshfield hills tobacconist constable reading suspect drew philip yale england trial true crime scotland yard detective killer murdered post-mortem coroner actor witness 0245597301
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Elizabeth by David Starkey (£7.00)Publisher: Vintage — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0099286572]Condition: Near Fine.Description: The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, Good Queen Bess; Elizabeth I holds a unique place in the English imagination as one of the nation's most powerful, charismatic and successful monarchs. Elizabeth is usually imagined as the icy, untouchable figure memorably recreated on screen by Bette Davis and Judi Dench, but that vision of Elizabeth ignores the turbulent years of her early life, from her birth as the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1533, until her accession to the throne in 1558 following the death of her sister Mary. It is these early years which are the subject of David Starkey's fascinating Elizabeth I, written to accompany his television series about the life of Elizabeth. Starkey argues that in her first 25 years Elizabeth had experienced every vicissitude of fortune and ever extreme of condition. She had been Princess and inheritrix of England, and bastard and disinherited; the nominated successor to the throne and an accused traitor on the verge of execution; showered with lands and houses and a prisoner in the Tower. He draws on his skills as a respected Tudor historian to produce a deft account of the religious, political and dynastic maelstrom of mid-16th century England that reads like a historical thriller. The book carefully picks its way through the finer points of contemporary religious conflict and the peculiarities of Tudor court ceremony, whilst also exploring the formation of Elizabeth's character in relation to a murdered mother, a charismatic father, a tortured sister, and a predatory guardian. 400pp.Tags: catherine parr king edward thomas seymour hatfield dudleys vi’s will death queen mary spanish marriage rebellion politics personal resistance parliamentary revolt cardinal pole greenwich palace henry viii aragon anne boleyn jane prince princess elizabeth family reign eve-of-coronation procession tudor roger ascham anthony denny parry wyatt the younger bedingfield philip burning bishop ridley father latimer oxford cranmer stephen gardiner reginald robert dudley nicholas throckmorton william cecil bacon lord darnley scots armada portrait devereux inheritrix english british monarchs abolition monarchy restoration turandot
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Grand Inquisitor — Memoirs by Sir Robin Day (£6.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297796607]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dustwrapper. Top edges of text block tanned.Description: From the cover: “Revealing the struggles and gambles behind his seemingly unimpeded success, his often stormy relationship with the BBC; combining trenchant opinions and challenging ideas with a wealth of hilarious anecdotes, Sir Robin tells us how the hard-hitting bespectacled reporter of the fifties became a television superstar. From his boyhood, army service, Oxford years and his experience as a barrister, Sir Robin goes on to describe how he won his way into television, and made his name, as a newscaster and interviewer, in the newly-founded ITN. He explains why he stood as a parliamentary candidate, and how he came to join the celebrated team of reporters on Panorama, then the flagship of BBC Television’s journalistic fleet. Sir Robin, it has been said, ‘has occupied a place on the political stage longer than anyone but the Sovereign herself’. Here, he recalls reporting the momentous Suez parliamentary debates, and his historic interview with Egypt’s President Nasser. He remembers his controversial role at the centre of television’s coverage of eight general elections. And, for the first time, gives his unique personal reminiscences of the six Prime Ministers — Macmillan, Home, Wilson, Heath, Callaghan and Thatcher — that he has interviewed.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 296 pages. Tags: alec autobiography award ayub bbc bernard bibliographies biographies biography booth britain broadcast broadcasting callaghan campaign candidate churchill clibborn college controversial controversy cover coverage cox crises crosland day debates dennis dimbleby douglas edward egypt’s elections eric fifties flagship forefront foreign forum freedom front-page fujiyama general great grimond heath heseltine history holyoake indiana
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