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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.

Reviews

'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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  • Paperback

    9781784163211

    May 15, 2017

    Black Swan

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780552998031

    July 15, 1999

    Black Swan

    336 pages

    RRP $22.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
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    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
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    • QBD
    • Readings
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781409020776

    September 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    336 pages

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An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain
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An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
I Have A Bream
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