Listen free for 30 days

Listen with offer

  • Diary of an MP's wife

  • Inside and Outside Power
  • By: Sasha Swire
  • Narrated by: Leo Merton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

$0.00 for first 30 days

Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection - including bestsellers and new releases.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, celeb exclusives, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
Diary of an MP's wife cover art

Diary of an MP's wife

By: Sasha Swire
Narrated by: Leo Merton
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £16.99

Buy Now for £16.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Listeners also enjoyed...

The Alan Clark Diaries cover art
The Plot cover art
Planes, Trains and Toilet Doors cover art
The Right to Rule cover art
The Abuse of Power cover art
The Fall of Boris Johnson cover art
Devil's Advocate cover art
Henry ‘Chips’ Channon: The Diaries (Volume 1) cover art
No One Likes Us, We Don't Care cover art
Depraved New World cover art
The Road Taken cover art
Kompromat cover art
Confessions of a Recovering MP cover art
One Boy, Two Bills and a Fry Up cover art
One Party After Another cover art
Inside Story: Politics, Intrigue and Treachery from Thatcher to Brexit cover art

Summary

Sunday Times Political Book of the Year

A Book of the Year pick in the New Statesman, Financial Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Mail on Sunday and The Times

Pick of 2020 by Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

What is it like to be a wife of a politician in modern-day Britain? Sasha Swire finally lifts the lid.

For more than twenty years she has kept a secret diary detailing the trials and tribulations of being a political plus-one, and gives us a ringside seat at the seismic political events of the last decade. A professional partner and loyal spouse, Swire has strong political opinions herself - sometimes more 'No, Minister' than 'Yes'. She detonates the stereotype of the dutiful wife.

From shenanigans in Budleigh Salterton to state banquets at Buckingham Palace, gun-toting terrorist busters in pizza restaurants to dinners in Downing Street sitting next to Boris Johnson, Devon hedges to partying with City hedgies, she observes the great and the not-so-great at the closest of quarters. The results are painfully revealing and often hilariously funny. Here are the friendships and the fall-outs, the general elections and the leadership contests, the scandals and the rivalries. Swire showed up, shored up and rarely shut up. She also wrote it all down.

Diary of an MP's Wife is a searingly honest, wildly indiscreet and often uproarious account of what life is like in the thick of it.

©2020 Sasha Swire (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A gossipy, amusing, opinionated account of what it's like to be married to an MP... Good fun and eye-opening." (The Times)

"Riotously candid." (Decca Aitkenhead, Sunday Times)

What listeners say about Diary of an MP's wife

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    129
  • 4 Stars
    61
  • 3 Stars
    30
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    19
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    130
  • 4 Stars
    37
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    19
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    110
  • 4 Stars
    52
  • 3 Stars
    33
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    15

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Awful voice

I am at a loss to understand how this narrator could have been assigned to reading this diary. I can only assume it was part of some misguided attempt to reach a wider audience.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved this

A really great listen, deliciously irreverent and brilliantly read. Really hope there is another to come.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliantly read

This was a great performance and an enthralling book. I was unable to resist listening to the end, highly recommended for anyone interested in politics and the English class system.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very funny and exceptionally well read

Lovely way to get some inside goss, Hugo sounds like an absolute scream and the book is so well narrated it had me snorting out loud on several occasions.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

What’a all the fuss about?

Wha absolutely. Makes this book come to life is the utterly brilliant reading. It’s an emotionally honest account, from a more than competent writer of an important time in our lives, which, unfortunately runs the risk of getting buried under the turn of subsequent events rather too quickly. Not my politics or my class, but a well observed and good-humoured narrative with enough diversion from into matters of lasting value to lift it out of mere journalism.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous

Brilliantly read, brilliantly written. Hilarious, horrifying and enlightening. Loved every minute of this insider account.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Nice surprise!

Pleasantly surprised at how listenable this was. Enjoyed Leo’s excellent vocal caricatures of Tory MPs.

The writing is of a decent quality throughout, although occasional lapses into the overly poetic detract rather than enhancing. Plenty of wit and originality - a finely tweaked aphorism here, a subtle barb there - and an underlying sense of people not taking themselves or their deeds too seriously, encapsulated in the almost elegiac final paragraphs.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Does Sasha have any friends….

Diaries and autobiographies are not my preferred listen but this has certainly broken the mould. Absolutely loved it! She has confirmed my belief that there are very few Tories in the conserving party who are in power.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

author's staggering lack of self awareness.

The book contains some interesting political snippets. Overall it is a damning narrative illustrating the priorities, experiences and attitudes held by the most awful people in power. it is a really uncomfortable listen. All the way through I just kept thinking how unhappy this woman is, which makes her company so difficult to enjoy.
re narration, do people really pronounce polling like that?

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Lots of Interesting Gossip!

Ok so it's nothing really shocking, but it did put a lot of context into the period after the referendum - Interesting to hear how strings were being pulled to sabotage negotiations - I enjoyed it, not heavy and very easy to dip in and out of - the lady reading it is excellent - often making me chuckle out loud!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!