- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; ePub edition edition (20 November 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008264384
- ISBN-13: 978-0008264383
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.9 x 24 cm
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Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem Hardcover – 20 Nov 2017
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'The doyen of … high-class gossip is … Shipman, whose All Out War was last year’s bestselling guide to the referendum campaign. Its sequel takes up where that left off … Shipman’s books are fast becoming classics … It’s testament to the rigour of [his] research that the book doesn’t feel dated despite the speed at which events at Westminster have moved since it went to press' Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian
‘This extraordinary book … reads like a roaring farce … jam-packed with fresh, illuminating details … Shipman’s writing has admirable clarity and drive … For anyone who wants to relive the past year… this book is a must’ Craig Brown, Mail On Sunday
‘All Out War was the best political book published … last year … its triumphant sequel … is even better’ Alex Massie, Spectator
‘Gripping … If journalism is the "first rough draft" of history, then Shipman is the master of the second, tidied up, version of events … A mixture of political thriller, psychological analysis and campaign diary, this is a page-turner for anyone interested in politics’ Rachel Sylvester, The Times
‘Readers who enjoyed the lucid prose and unrivalled access that made the first book such a treat will love its sequel’ New Statesman
‘Shipman … a major-domo with a notebook in his waistcoat pocket … bends over backwards to be fair … It is crammed with detailed description and the transcribed thoughts of those who were there when the key decisions were taken’ Andrew Marr, Sunday Times
‘Excellent … engrossing … a witty phrase-maker … Shipman does a fine job of making sense of the period since the Brexit referendum … illuminating’ Andrew Rawnsley, Observer
‘Of books explaining this peculiar time, the most keenly awaited comes from Tim Shipman … he returns to his role as the chief biographer of Brexit with a worthy sequel’ Sebastian Payne, Financial Times
‘It carries on from his first book, All Out War and is just as good … I can’t give his books any higher praise than that’ Iain Dale, LBC
About the Author
Currently the Political Editor of the Sunday Times, Tim has covered four British General Elections and three American elections from the US. Well known in the Westminster political mix, he is a trusted confidant of politicians from all political parties and has a growing following as a witty observer of the political scene @ShippersUnbound.
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Brexit is going to be a disaster and there is nothing positive that can be said about it, but what this book shows is really how ill informed and complacent many of those in government have been. Most simply had no understanding of the EU or the UK’s position within it. Despite this, policies were decided upon without a full understanding of their consequences, or the inherent contradictions that exist with positions that were taken. Much of the policy has been set by one or two people without much governmental consultation or even with business, stakeholders, and other experts - what it says about how the most important issue facing the UK has been tackled is truly lamentable. No detailed studies, no expert panels reviewing the impact on different sectors, no roadmaps or plans.
There is something seriously wrong with this system of government and how it is operating. It is superficial, spin dominated, and lacking in proper seriousness. It is almost comical, but explains a lot about why the UK government is making an international fool of itself.
I consider myself quite well informed of the Brexit process and negotiations, as well on some of the policy issues at play. This book reveals a different level of information to that which you see in the press or on Twitter that goes to the heart of government. This is due to the contacts that Shipman has as the Political Editor of one the UK’s major newspapers and the information that has been given to him for his book. Some of the language used by these people is quite fruity - it is interesting to see how the UK political classes talk and swear.
I imagine that he can write another update in a year or two after Brexit happens. It will not be pretty, but the story has to be told.
Tim Shipman’s last book All Out War was superb. This one, Fall Out, is even better. Shipman is a real insider with impeccable access but unlike some parliamentary lobby experts he has clearly not gone “native” to Westminster. He knows a failure when he sees one and does not pull his punches. The occupants of Number 10 Downing Street (Prime Minister Theresa May and her key advisers Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy) made the most awful hash of the UK’s General Election in 2017. This book tells, in forensic and fascinating detail, just how bad it really was. And unlike his weekly journalism which provides a blow-by-blow account the book puts the whole sorry mess into context. It’s a lot more than just a collection of articles. It provides an overall narrative.
Watching the 2017 election campaign, as a UK voter, the feeling was “can they really be this useless?” Reading this highly entertaining book with Shipman’s behind the scenes access and insights the answer is – actually they were worse than useless.
If there is a criticism - it is the book might have been shorter. A lot of the post-election Brexit material feels superfluous. But overall it’s a triumph. And I cannot wait for his next one. Five stars is not enough.
Shipman documents the events in detail and shines a light on some of the main episodes including the leak of the Labour manifesto, which could have harmed Labour but for the Conservatives to do themselves in. Shipman says, 'For Theresa May's campaign to implode, the Conservatives would have to publish a disastrous document of their own. Which is what they did now.' From there on, it was one fire after another. It provides the events that saw Theresa surviving - for the time being, amidst the chaos and betrayals; but not much is said about Michael Gove, surprisingly.
In terms of format, the rush to have this book out might explain the lack of an index, which would have been useful for a book of this magnitude.
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