2011 Book prize long list

Decline & Fall: Diaries 2005–2010

Chris Mullin

Published by: Profile

Chris Mullin’s bestselling A View From the Foothills provided a riveting insider’s account of life as a junior minister. Laying bare the personalities, pyrotechnics and political intrigues of the Blair years, it was described as Yes, Minister meets Alan Clark. Funny and self-deprecating, the new diaries run from his sacking by Blair as a minister after the 2005 elections to Election Day 2010 as he prepared to step down after 23 years as an MP wryly observing ‘they say failed politicians make the best diarists, in which case I am in with a chance.’