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    DescriptionThe "Blair Years" is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, it charts the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life. Here are the defining events of our time, from Labour's new dawn to the war on terror, from the death of Diana to negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, from Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, through to the Hutton Inquiry of 2003, the year Campbell resigned his position at No 10. But above all here is Tony Blair up close and personal, taking the decisions that affected the lives of millions, under relentless and often hostile pressure. Often described as the second most powerful figure in Britain, Alastair Campbell is no stranger to controversy. Feared and admired in equal measure, hated by some, he was pivotal to the founding of New Labour and the sensational election victory of 1997. As Blair's press secretary, strategist and trusted confidant, Campbell spent more waking hours alongside the Prime Minister than anyone. His diaires - at times brutally frank, often funny, always compelling - take the listener right to the heart of government. "The Blair Years" is a story of politics in the raw, of progress and setback, of reputations made and destroyed, under the relentless scrutiny of a 24-hour media. Unflinchingly told, it covers the crises and scandals, the rows and resignations, the ups and downs of Britain's hothouse politics. But amid the big events are insights and observations that make this a remarkably human portrayal of some of the most powerful people in the world. There has never been so riveting an audiobook about life at the very top, nor a more human account of politics, told by a man who saw it all.


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    Title
    The Blair Years
    Subtitle
    Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alastair Campbell, Read by Alastair Campbell
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Number of pages: 6
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 124 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 206 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846571282
    ISBN 10: 1846571286
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: JPQ
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: BM, BJ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLX
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    DC22: 941.086092
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK, 3JMC
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    Random House Audiobooks
    Publication date
    09 July 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Alastair Campbell was born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1957, the son of a vet. After graduating from Cambridge University in modern languages, his first chosen career was journalism, principally with the Mirror Group, a career interrupted in the mid-80s by a nervous breakdown and the diagnosis of a drink problem. Campbell worked his way back to become a political editor and when Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party, he asked Campbell to be his press secretary. He worked for Blair - first in that capacity, then as official spokesman and director of communications and strategy - from 1994 to 2003, and returned in 2005 to help Labour win a third election. He now splits his time between writing, speaking, consultancy and charity, as chairman of fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and a leading ambassador for the mental health campaign, Time to Change. He lives in North London with his partner of 33 years, Fiona Millar. They have three children. His interests include running, cycling, bagpipes and Burnley Football Club. He has published five volumes of diaries, including the bestselling The Blair Years, a memoir on depression, The Happy Depressive, a novel about fame, Maya, and his first acclaimed novel about mental illness, All in the Mind.
    Review quote
    "Campbell has a draught Guinness voice with a husky edge to it; he could narrate Chandler thrillers to perfection...it was hard to tear myself away" The Times