Politics On the Edge

Politics On the Edge

British Politics
Hardback Published on: 14/09/2023
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From the former Conservative Cabinet minister and co-presenter of 2022's breakout hit podcast The Rest is Politics, a searing insider's account of ten extraordinary years in Parliament. Over the course of a decade from 2010, Rory Stewart went from being a political outsider to standing for prime minister - before being sacked from a Conservative Party that he had come to barely recognise. Tackling ministerial briefs on flood response and prison violence, engaging with conflict and poverty abroad as a foreign minister, and Brexit as a Cabinet minister, Stewart learned first-hand how profoundly hollow and inadequate our democracy and government had become. Cronyism, ignorance and sheer incompetence ran rampant. Around him, individual politicians laid the foundations for the political and economic chaos of today. Stewart emerged battered but with a profound affection for his constituency of Penrith and the Border, and a deep direct insight into the era of populism and global conflict. Politics On the Edge invites us into the mind of one of the most interesting actors on the British political stage. Uncompromising, candid and darkly humorous, this is his story of the challenges, absurdities and realities of political life; a new classic of political memoir and a remarkable portrait of our age.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787332713
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 704g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 41 mm

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Politics On the Edge
Beautifully written. A stunning insight into life in Westminster. I found the chapter on prison reform particularly inspiring. Overall, it comes across as ... READ MORE
Peter Stanford
Politics On the Edge
The Most Important UK Political Memoir of the 21st Century
Stewart puts the dirty laundry of British politics firmly on the table in Politics on the Edge. This book serves as a timely warning to the public over ho... READ MORE
Jake Reisser-Weston
Politics On the Edge
Rory Stewart is revealed as a compassionate, intelligent politician, who stuck to his principals, whilst all around sacrificed theirs, for the sake of thei... READ MORE
Rod Boot
Politics On the Edge
Sadly Brilliant
Well written, eminently readable, full of interest, topical - but ultimately depressing. This plausible account of our government and politicians at all le... READ MORE
Chris Hinton
Politics On the Edge
A must read
I was absorbed. It’s beautifully written. Rory Stewart exposes why and how our government fails us .. but doesn’t shy away from admit ting his own shortcom... READ MORE
Shelagh Scott
Politics On the Edge
A load of drivel from a former Tory who now wants public sympathy. Now they have left government he bemoans everything that is wrong with it. A no from me ... READ MORE
Gernaine Thomas
Politics On the Edge
Insightful, fun to read and very well written
I really enjoyed this book. It is a fascinating insight into British politics over the last decade with emphasis on the key politicians and issues over... READ MORE
Canuck Abroad
Politics On the Edge
Highly recommend
A great book. Loved it.
Angie London Cord
Politics On the Edge
Fascinating and somewhat disturbing
Well written and easy to digest. Rory Stewart will have upset a number of political high flyers benefiting anyone who reads this book with raw insight. A... READ MORE
Andrew Wishaw
Politics On the Edge
Superb Account of the State of British Politics in the Twenty-teens
It's a poor state of affairs that the author should be making it big in social media in the 2020s rather than running one of the major offices of state. Th... READ MORE