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Failures of State


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Jonathan Calvert is the editor of The Sunday Times' renowned Insight investigative team. His accolades include British Journalist of the Year and the Paul Foot Award as well as Scoop of the Year on four occasions.
George Arbuthnott joined The Sunday Times on the Marie Colvin Scholarship and is now deputy editor of the Insight team. He has won six British Journalism and UK Press Awards, including Investigation of the Year and Scoop of the Year, and has been shortlisted for an Amnesty International Award, the European Press Prize and the Orwell Prize.


'An astonishing book that you absolutely have to buy ... the nearest we'll get to an inquiry.' James O'Brien

'Failures of State is a Christmas-at-Argos sized catalogue of the government's errors, page after page filled with its mistakes, misjudgments and even its possibly actionable crimes.' Jonathan Freedland, Guardian

'This book is superb. Painful but necessary reading.' Rachel Clarke

'A masterpiece. This is one of the most important books of our time.' Owen Jones

'A brilliantly presented indictment of the UK's fumbling attempt to meet the Covid challenge.' Kazuo Ishiguro, Guardian

'Failures of State is a gripping, devastating read. It's a piece of first-class investigative journalism... this is a work of history. It's witness. It's also a kind of catharsis.' Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

'Incredibly reported and wildly damning ... It is impossible to read Failures of State, the frequently jaw-dropping book by Sunday Times journalists Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott, and not conclude that the British people deserved far, far better from the government' Marina Hyde, Guardian

'A frightening and detailed account of the failures of the last 12 months. Some of the revelations are sickening and shocking.' Armando Iannucci, satirist and writer

'A damning indictment' Alan Johnson, Observer

'Superb journalism ... a truly remarkable book.' Professor Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health

'Buy it and read it so you're never tempted to forget' John Crace, Guardian journalist

'A devastating new account of Year Covid exposes the Prime Minister's utter failure to meet the nation's greatest health crisis for a century.' Paul Routledge, Daily Mirror

'I cannot recommend this book enough' David Schneider, comedian and writer

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