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- DescriptionThis book was shortlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Biography Award. It is long listed for the 2015 Orwell Prize. It is the winner of the 2014 Political Book Awards Political Biography of the Year. Roy Jenkins was probably the best Prime Minister Britain never had. But though he never reached 10 Downing Street, he left a more enduring mark on British society than most of those who did. As a radical Home Secretary in the 1960s he drove through the decriminalization of homosexuality and the legalization of abortion. An early and consistent advocate of European unity, he played a decisive role in achieving British membership first of the Common Market and then of the European Union. Then in 1981, when both the Conservative and Labour parties had moved sharply to the right and left respectively he founded the centrist Social Democratic Party (SDP) which ultimately paved the way for Tony Blair's creation of New Labour. On top of all this, Jenkins was a compulsive writer whose twenty-three books included best-selling biographies of Asquith, Gladstone and Churchill. He was the embodiment of the liberal establishment with a genius for friendship who knew and cultivated everyone who mattered in the overlapping worlds of politics, literature, diplomacy and academia. His biography is the story of an exceptionally well-filled and well-rounded life.
- Author BiographyJohn Campbell is the author of many biographies including one of Edward Heath, for which he won the 1994 NCR award, The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Iron Lady and, most recently, Pistols at Dawn: Two Hundred Years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown. He is married and lives in Kent.
- PrizesShortlisted for Paddy Power Political Book Awards: Political Biography of the Year 2015 and Costa Biography Award 2015 and Costa Biography Award 2014 and Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014. Long-listed for Orwell Prize 2015.
- Author(s)John Campbell
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication04/06/2015
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight957 g
- Width145 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine42 mm
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