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.
Alastair Campbell was born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1957, the son of a vet. After graduating from Cambridge University in modern languages, his first chosen career was journalism, principally with the Mirror Group. When Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party, he asked Campbell to be his press secretary. He worked for Blair - first in that capacity, then as official spokesman and director of communications and strategy - from 1994 to 2003, since when he has been engaged mainly in writing, public speaking and working for Leukaemia Research, where he is chairman of fundraising. He has continued to act as an advisor to Mr Blair and the Labour Party, including during the 2005 election campaign. He lives in North London with his partner of 26 years, Fiona Millar. They have three children Rory, 20, Calum, 18, and Grace, 14. His interests include running, triathlon, bagpipes and Burnley Football Club. His novel All in the Mind is due to be published in November 2008.
"This is a gripping, compelling and genuinely revelatory read" *
Rod Liddle, Sunday Times *
"A brilliant, absorbing account ... will be gasped at, and relied upon, for decades to come. Buy them: they will suck you in." * Matthew Parris, The Times *
"This compelling read is full of revelations, humour and honesty and gives a revealing insight into the man behind the political figure" * Sun *
"Vivid, humorous and revelatory ... There is enough in these diaries to convince me they will become one of the classic records of our time." * Steve Richards, Independent *