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Theresa May has presided over the most dramatic and historic peacetime premiership for a century. May at 10 tells the compelling inside story of the most turbulent period in modern British politics for 100 years.

Written by one of Britain’s leading political and social commentators, May at 10 describes how Theresa May arrived in 10 Downing Street in 2016 with the clearest, yet toughest, agenda of any Prime Minister since the Second World War: delivering Brexit. What follows defies belief or historical precedent. This story has never been told.

Including a comprehensive series of interviews with May’s closest aides and allies, and with unparalleled access to the advisers who shaped her premiership, Downing Street’s official historian Anthony Seldon decodes the enigma of the Prime Minister’s tenure. Drawing on all his authorial experience, he unpacks what is the most intriguing government and Prime Minister of the modern era.


‘A remarkable distillation of a very complex story’

Tim Shipman

'Extraordinary...This book reminds you of a time when Downing Street was paralysed by self-doubt. You feel almost dirty reading of such failure.'

Quentin Letts, The Times

'If you want to know who did what when and why, this book will tell you. Seldon excels at piecing together how critical decisions came to be made before coming to well-reasoned judgments about their wisdom and impact.'

Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer

'The great value of his book... is that it provides the layman and the historian with a treasure trove of interviews, and of insights from the heart of government.'

The Times

“Seldon has done the nation and historians a service by digging deep into what went wrong inside May’s No 10.” 

Julian Glover, Evening Standard

"Extraordinarily detailed”

The Sunday Times

“Casts disturbing light on a prime minister who too often preferred to rule in the comfort of darkness.”

New Statesman

“A fascinating take on May’s time in office”

Money Week

May at 10 is a "well-written narrative [that] ranges far and wide in its exploration and assessment of May’s years at the top".

Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish News

May at 10 is “a fast-paced, east-to-read, fly-on-the-wall analysis” of Theresa May’s premiership.

Tony Rennell, Author and Former Senior Editorial Executive on the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday, The Daily Mail

May at 10 is “an authoritative account of Theresa May’s brief tenure as Prime Minister” and a “compelling” read.

Simon Evans and Sue Dobson, Choice Magazine

May at 10 is an "excellent biography".

Tim Walker, The New European

Seldon's gripping account of [May's] rise to the top is packed with fresh insights.

Nigel Morris, Political Editor of the i newspaper, i

“A fantastic book. It does the incredible job of the historian in showing to outsiders what it was really like on the inside.”

Jeremy Hunt
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