Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at http://www.wishfulendings.com/ to spotlight and discuss books we're excited about but haven't read, which may not even be released yet. 

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This week! 


Philip Webster covered politics for The Times newspaper for 43 years, including 18 years as its political editor. He has been at the centre of all the big stories of the past four decades – the fall of Labour in 1979, the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher, the emergence and fall of John Major, the rise and fall of Tony Blair and his wars with Gordon Brown, the aftermath of 9/11, the war in Iraq, the fall of Brown, the rise and rise of David Cameron, and the shock election of Jeremy Corbyn.

Beautifully illustrated with Peter Brookes’ cartoons, Webster offers fresh insight into the great stories of his time. He gives a frank and revelatory insider’s account of great political events since Michael Heseltine brandished the Mace, the night the Callaghan government fell, the day Sir Geoffrey Howe brought down Margaret Thatcher, the day Tony Blair said farewell, the night MPs voted for war in Iraq; and every Budget and autumn statement for 40 years.

With the wit and geniality that has made him so many friends in politics, he reveals how stories came into his hands and how political journalism influences events as they unfolded. He has witnessed what he terms a golden age of political journalism and this book offers an intimate account of his trade. The essential handbook for anyone interested by the craft of journalism, ‘Inside Story’ reviews three decades of lead stories and the many politicians, great and small, that he has encountered.

I'm a big fan of political books and this one looks at a lot of fascinating moments from British politics, some of which happened before I was old enough to take an interest. I'm looking forward to it coming out in paperback in November!

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  1. This does look like it'd have great insight from Webster -- and it comes with cartoons, which adds a whole new level to it i think.

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    1. I'm looking forward to the cartoons...some of them should be pretty funny!

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  2. I'm not sure if I'm in the mood for political books at the moment, but great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. I've been struggling a little with fiction recently so I've done a couple of non fiction...it fits the current mood!

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  3. Wow, this sounds right up your alley. Hope you get a copy soon! November isn't that far away.

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    1. There are a few tasty offerings coming in November so it should be a good book month!

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  4. I usually shy away from political books [until Trump was elected and I had to read Hillbilly Elegy!] but I hope you enjoy this one! :)

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    1. I seem to be the most political person in my family...I have no idea where I get it from!

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  5. I'm not political, but I hope you love this! Thanks for visiting my WOW earlier :)

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    1. I'm the only political one in my family which is a bit weird!

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  6. This sounds like an interesting read, and I hope that you get a chance to read it soon.

    Jenea's Book Obsession's CWW

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    1. I can never resist these political books. I have my eyes on a few new ones coming out this month!

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  7. This isn't the kind of book that I would normally look at but it really does sound interesting. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. A few of these events were before my time so it should be fun reading them, and looking behind the headlines!

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  8. Looks super interesting, I'm always curious to see perspectives on politics across the pond. :)

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