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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409076155
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Great Hatred, Little Room

Making Peace in Northern Ireland

The definitive account of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, by one of the key players – Tony Blair's ex-Chief of Staff, Jonathan Powell.

* The Blair administration’s pursuit of a lasting settlement in Northern Ireland stands out as one of the great achievements in modern British politics.

* Even after the initial moves towards a peace, there was every chance that long-nursed grievances would break out again into paramilitary extremism. That they did not is a lasting monument to the determination and guile of many of those involved.

* As the government’s key negotiator, Jonathan Powell is uniquely qualified to give the definitive account of the end of the Troubles.

* Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland will become a landmark in the literature of conflict resolution: an historical document of lasting importance that is also a vivid and dramatic account of fallible men and women working at the limits of their endurance.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409076155
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Jonathan Powell

After studying history at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, Jonathan Powell worked for the BBC and Granada TV before joining the Foreign Office in 1979. In 1994 Mr Blair, then Leader of the Opposition, poached him to join his `kitchen cabinet' as his Chief of Staff. When Labour achieved its landslide victory in 1997 Powell was at the heart of the Downing Street machine. He was the only senior member of staff to remain at Blair's side throughout his time at the top of British politics. He has always maintained a low profile and has never before told his story.

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Praise for Great Hatred, Little Room

Students of government will find Powell's book a treasure trove

Max Hastings, Sunday Times

Fascinating and fast-moving... an extraordinary book


This is the best-informed rough draft of history so far written by someone who was on the roller-coaster ride to a settlement

The Times

A fascinating book. No-one else could provide such an insider's account, for he was the only one to be involved in the detail of every tortuous step

Sunday Telegraph

[a] highly informative account.

Nicholas Bagnall, The Sunday Telegraph

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