Drum Roll Please...

  • November 01, 2010 17:31
  • Katy Scholes

For the past couple of months we've been running a competition for three lucky people to win two top-price tickets to the Yes Prime Minister stage show. That day has arrived!

ADAM GRAY whose favourite Yes Minister quote is:

"We don't measure our success by results but by activity."
Sir Humphrey, The Compassionate Society

ALISON BERRIDGE whose favourite Yes Minister quote is:

“The public doesn't know anything about wasting government money, we're the experts”
Sir Humphrey, The Economy Drive

JUDITH KAPLAN whose favourite Yes Minister quote is:

"A good political speech is not one in which you can prove that the man is telling the truth; it is one where no one else can prove he is lying."
A Question of Loyalty

Congratulations ladies and gent! I'll be in touch shortly about getting your tickets sent to you.

And thanks so much to everyone who emailed me their favourite YPM quotes - I must say they kept me occupied over the last few months and neatly distracted from, you know, actual work.

Now for another competition idea...


What has Dominic Sandbrook ever done for us? Oh wait... cheers Dom!

  • November 01, 2010 12:54
  • Katy Scholes

Dominic Sandbrook an authority figure on all things historical has reviewed Francis Beckett's What Did the Baby Boomer's Ever Do For Us? in this month's BBC History Magazine.

Dominic, author of State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain 1970-1974 said of Francis's book:

"Grey-haired hippies will read this book and shudder; the rest of us, though, will read it for the splendid stories and shafts of insight."

Click here to read more of Dominic's insights into the book and his favourite anecdote concerning Marianne Faithfull's, *ahem*, p*ssy.

Get your copy of What Did the Baby Boomer's Ever Do For Us here, for £12.99.


EEP! Last chance to enter our splendiferous caption competition

  • October 29, 2010 14:55
  • Katy Scholes

We love our Yes Minister here at Biteback and today is no exception. This weekend it's your last chance to enter our caption competition. As proud publishers of both the hardback and paperback editions of the Yes Minister Miscellany we'll miss berating you all to enter our competition.

So click on the banner at the top of the page now and send us your favourite Yes Minister quote to win two tickets to the Yes Prime Minister stage show.

I'll post the names of the winners on the website on Monday after the draw.

Do it now! If not for you, then do it for me - I'll enjoy that on Monday morning.


"If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

  • October 28, 2010 15:52
  • Katy Scholes

Big Cheese made a guest appearance in Stylist magazine this week.

Er, not in the beauty section I hasten to add, nor in the fashion section for that matter. That's not to say I don't think he's an icon of the ages - in fact I may even have to invest in one of these beauties myself.

No. He appeared instead in his capacity as editor of Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words.

In Her Own Words is a collection of Margaret Thatcher's greatest and most famous speeches and interviews as well as biographical material.

Iain has written and edited a number of excellent books about Margaret Thatcher in the past and needless-to-say his latest effort promises to live up to expectations. Not only is he an authoritative voice on all things Maggie T but it appears he's also the bearer of some of the sweetest stories:

“In 1988 my 4-year-old niece turned to me and asked ‘Uncle Iain, is it possible for a man to be prime minister?'”

The article featured in Stylist by Kate Graham focusses on a recurring theme - what did Margaret Thatcher do for women? - and as Kate rightly points out; Iain's niece pretty much sums it up.

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.


Pictures! Because everyone loves them. And they look really good on the website.

  • October 28, 2010 11:06
  • Katy Scholes

Ben Duckworth - Editor of Total Politics magazine hosted an In Conversation event with Nigel Lawson on Tuesday. Here is your guide in pictures.


The moment Lord Lawson and Ben Duckworth locked intellectual horns.

Not really.

I can't explain why this picture looks the way it does. But I can tell you that the evening was both pleasant and informative.


Given the combination of a distant photograph and the leafy nature of the carpet hung from the wall, you'd be forgiven for mistaking Lord Lawson and Ben Duckworth for Poddington Peas down at the bottom of the garden.

But you'd still be mistaken.


Somewhat obscured. By rights, I should be... here.

Maybe I should write a best-selling diet book. I look brilliant.

Buy your copy of Lord Lawson's abridged and fully updated memoirs - Memoirs of a Tory Radical - here, for £14.99