> Skip to content

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever read. Taken from Alastair Campbell’s daily diaries, it charts the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair’s leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever read. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, it charts the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

Here are the defining events of our time, from Labour's new dawn to the war on terror, from the death of Diana to negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, from Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, through to the Hutton Inquiry of 2003, the year Campbell resigned his position at No 10. But above all here is Tony Blair up close and personal, taking the decisions that affected the lives of millions, under relentless and often hostile pressure.

Often described as the second most powerful figure in Britain, Alastair Campbell is no stranger to controversy. Feared and admired in equal measure, hated by some, he was pivotal to the founding of New Labour and the sensational election victory of 1997. As Blair's press secretary, strategist and trusted confidant, Campbell spent more waking hours alongside the Prime Minister than anyone. His diaires - at times brutally frank, often funny, always compelling - take the reader right to the heart of government.

The Blair Years is a story of politics in the raw, of progress and setback, of reputations made and destroyed, under the relentless scrutiny of a 24-hour media. Unflinchingly told, it covers the crises and scandals, the rows and resignations, the ups and downs of Britain's hothouse politics. But amid the big events are insights and observations that make this a remarkably human portrayal of some of the most powerful people in the world.

There has never been so riveting a book about life at the very top, nor a more human book about politics, told by a man who saw it all.

Reviews

This compelling read is full of revelations, humour and honesty and gives a revealing insight into the man behind the political figure

The Sun

This is a gripping, compelling and genuinely revelatory read

Rod Liddle, Sunday Times

A brilliant, absorbing account...These diaries...will be gasped at, and relied upon, for decades to come. Buy them: they will suck you in

Matthew Parris, The Times

Who the hell does he think he is?

Roger Lewis, Sunday Express

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099514756

    July 1, 2008

    Arrow

    832 pages

    RRP $35.00

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781446441312

    March 8, 2011

    Cornerstone Digital

    832 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Audio Book

    9781846571282

    July 15, 2007

    Audiobooks

    RRP $52.99

    Online retailers

    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Alastair Campbell

Winners
My Name Is...
The Burden of Power
The Happy Depressive: In Pursuit of Personal and Political Happiness
Diaries Volume Three
Diaries Volume Two
Diaries Volume One
Maya
All in the Mind

Recommendations

Six Minutes in May
How To Be A Bawse
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine
My Life, Our Times
Decision Points
Home and Away
James Connolly
Parliament: The Biography (Volume II - Reform)
A Broken World
Once upon a Secret
The Burden of Power
Behind the Black Door
A Journey
Bertie Ahern Autobiography
Dear Mr Bigelow
Ruth Maier's Diary
Giving
Entertaining Eric
The Diaries Of Charles Greville
Bill Clinton