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  • Published: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099493471
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 768
  • RRP: $27.99

Diaries Volume Three

Power and Responsibility




The third volume of Campbell's compelling diaries, covering 1999 to 2001.

POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY is the third volume of Alastair Campbell's unique daily account of life at the centre of the Blair government. It begins amid conflict in Kosovo, and ends on September 11, 2001, a day which immediately wrote itself into the history books, changing the course of both the Bush presidency and the Blair premiership.

In this volume, we see that New Labour's honeymoon is well and truly over. In addition to detailing the continuing tensions at the top, here we find graphic accounts of a variety of domestic crises: foot-and-mouth disease and protests over fuel prices which almost brought Britain to a halt. Volume Three includes Peter Mandelson's second resignation, the agonies of the Millennium Dome, and the most unexpected slow-handclapping in memory, when the Women's Institute turned against Tony Blair. Yet despite all the problems - not least the most accident-prone manifesto launch in history, complete with deputy prime minister John Prescott punching a voter - Labour won a second successive landslide election victory. That triumph is intimately recorded here, alongside the high points of this period, such as devolution to Northern Ireland and the fall of Milosevic.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099493471
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 768
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell was born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1957, the son of a vet. Having graduated from Cambridge University in modern languages, he went into journalism, principally with the Mirror Group. When Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party, Campbell worked for him first as press secretary, then as official spokesman and director of communications and strategy from 1994 to 2003. He continued to act as an advisor to Mr Blair and the Labour Party, including during subsequent election campaigns. He now splits his time between writing, speaking, politics in Britain and overseas, consultancy and charity, as chairman of fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and a leading ambassador for the mental health campaign Time to Change.

He lives in North London with his partner of thirty-five years, Fiona Millar. They have three children. His interests include running, cycling, bagpipes and Burnley Football Club. He has published six volumes of diaries, including the number one Sunday Times bestseller, The Blair Years, a memoir on depression, The Happy Depressive, and three novels.

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Praise for Diaries Volume Three

“A compulsively fascinating record”

Daily Telegraph (on Vol. 2)

“A belter”

Independent (on Vol. 2)

“Instantly captivating”

Spectator (on Vol. 2)

“Alastair Campbell's diaries have the quality of Pepys ... people will be looking for insights and finding them in 100 years' time”

Lord Alex Carlile (Vol. 1)


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