Reeeeading you is easy 'cause you're beautiful

  • November 10, 2010 13:02
  • Katy Scholes

I think, if we said “Margaret Thatcher has arrived” without any prior context you may think we were about thirty years too late in our assessment. For us though, it makes perfect sense, because we have been waiting for this momentous day for some time.

Margaret Thatcher: In Her Own Words has arrived into the Biteback offices.

Edited by Big Cheese, this extensive volume is a collection of Margaret Thatcher’s greatest and most famous speeches, alongside some of her most memorable quotes and the best of her interviews.

She transformed Britain, with her legacy and influence still visible today, and this book brilliantly catalogues the defining moments of her political career right on time for that fateful anniversary – 20 years since the Lady’s fall from power.

Now, we know you should never judge a book by its cover, but we do and we know you do too, so we made this book rather, shall we say, sexy? Perhaps ‘aesthetically-pleasing’ would be more appropriate, but we'll stick by our 'sexy' guns. Thank you Christopher Hitchens for this and for “she had the most beautiful skin I had ever seen on a woman”.

And, if it’s possible, it’s even better inside than it is on the outside.

Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words is published on the 11th November and is available now to pre-order here in paperback format, priced £12.99 and here as a 3 disc audio CD, priced £19.99.

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Defending the attack

  • November 09, 2010 16:06
  • Katy Scholes

Today the pages of international newspapers are rustling with reports and interviews with the previous US President, George W. Bush, whose autobiography, Decision Points, is out today.

In an interview about the book, Bush defends a variety of decisions that have defined his presidency: the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture both in and out of Guantanamo Bay, his handling of hurricane Katrina and, most significantly, his decision to go to war with Iraq.

Both George W. Bush and Tony Blair, whose autobiography A Journey was released earlier this year, state in their respective books that they still believe they each made the right decision with regards to War in Iraq.

However, Brian Jones, former head of the UK Defence Intelligence Staff’s nuclear, biological and chemical section, believes differently.

In his book, Failing Intelligence, Jones calls on his own experience and knowledge, as well as a variety of leaked documents and expert testimonies given to a series of inquiries - including Chilcot - to examine how and why Tony Blair and George W. Bush deceived their legislatures into believing Iraq was a nuclear threat.

His fascinating book looks behind the political rhetoric to give the unvarnished story of two leaders and the decisions that would change the world.

For the other side of the story, buy Failing Intelligence here for just £9.99

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"From a bike to a Bentley"

  • November 09, 2010 11:28
  • Katy Scholes

The story of Wayne Rooney will fascinate for years to come, people love a rags to riches tale.

Last night, author of Rooney's Gold - John Sweeney - spoke at length on Radio 5Live with Mark Chapman and co. about Wayne Rooney and his roots. When talking about Croxteth - a rough town just outside Liverpool and hometown of Wayne Rooney - John said he'd rather revisit Baghdad than 'Croxie'. Ian McGarry led the investigation on a tour of Rooney's old town, meeting people and trying to get to the heart of the place.

Former footballer and pundit Steve Claridge, and Frank Lampard also gave their thoughts on the striker and his progression in the game, Lampard in particular noting his "genius" touch and wicked sense of humour.

The show last night is about an hour long and it really does make for excellent listening. Lots of guest speakers, on location action (albeit pre-recorded) and all for one man. John Sweeney hits the nail on the head - one thing's for sure - 'we like our lions rough, not smooth'.

The show, Who Is the Real Wayne Rooney?, can be streamed or downloaded here.

Get the full story and buy Rooney's Gold now, priced £18.99

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The gladiatorial arena of politics

  • November 08, 2010 16:14
  • Katy Scholes

In January Biteback published Peter Watt’s insider account of the dark days of the last Labour government, Inside Out.

Now, with the controversy about Phil Woolas filling the stands, Biteback author and ex-General Secretary of the Labour Party - Peter Watt gives Labour Uncut an analysis of the bloody battles fought in modern-day politics.

Read Peter Watt’s article ‘Hung out to dry by Labour: I know how Woolas feels’, here.

For a full account of Peter’s own experiences, Inside Out: my story of betrayal and cowardice at the heart of New Labour is available now for £16.99

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The cumulative effect of John Nicholson

  • November 08, 2010 15:36
  • Katy Scholes

This weekend John Nicholson's book We Ate All the Pies was reviewed by the Independent on Sunday's Simon Redfern.

Of the book, Redfern says:

"The cumulative effect is akin to a long, rambling and unexpectedly interesting conversation with the bloke on the next stool in a pub you've stumbled into by accident, and is none the worse for that."

To buy your copy of We Ate All the Pies for £9.99 and read along yourself to John (seen here whacking Johnny Vegas across the back with a chair) arguing his case that "If you're a football fan, these are the best of all times," click here.

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