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  • Published: 15 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784163211
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

Things Can Only Get Better




The hilarious account of eighteen miserable years in the life of a Labour supporter.

Like bubonic plague and stone cladding, no-one took Margaret Thatcher seriously until it was too late. Her first act as leader was to appear before the cameras and do a V for Victory sign the wrong way round. She was smiling and telling the British people to f*** off at the same time. It was something we would have to get used to.'

Things Can Only Get Better is the personal account of a Labour supporter who survived eighteen miserable years of Conservative government. It is the heartbreaking and hilarious confessions of someone who has been actively involved in helping the Labour party lose elections at every level: school candidate: door-to-door canvasser: working for a Labour MP in the House of Commons; standing as a council candidate; and eventually writing jokes for a shadow cabinet minister.

Along the way he slowly came to realise that Michael Foot would never be Prime Minister, that vegetable quiche was not as tasty as chicken tikki masala and that the nuclear arms race was never going to be stopped by face painting alone.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784163211
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

John O'Farrell

John O'Farrell's first book was a bestselling memoir, Things Can Only Get Better. Since then he has published five novels: The Man Who Forgot His Wife, May Contain Nuts, This Is Your Life, The Best a Man Can Get and most recently There's Only Two David Beckhams. He has also written two best-selling history books: An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, as well as three collections of journalism from his Guardian columns. His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages and have been adapted for radio and television. A former comedy scriptwriter for such productions as Spitting Image, Room 101, Have I Got News For You, Murder Most Horrid and Chicken Run, he is founder of the UK's first daily news satire website NewsBiscuit and more recently co-wrote the Broadway musical Something Rotten!

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Praise for Things Can Only Get Better

“'The funniest book I have read for two and a half years'”

Arthur Smith

“'The whingeing memoirs of a snivelling leftie. The man should be shot'”

Jack Dee

“'Very funny'”

Mail on Sunday

“'Excellent...Whatever your politics Things Can Only Get Better will make you laugh out loud'”

Angus Deayton

“'Very funny'”

The Times

“'Very funny and much better than anything he ever wrote for me'”

Griff Rhys Jones

“'Very funny'”

The Mirror


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