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Summary

Ever wondered why the indiscretions of some MPs make the front page while others don't? How close journalists really are to politicians? Or how on earth the country is run when the British political system is in such a mess?

In Haven't You Heard?, Marie Le Conte looks at the role gossip, whispers and tittle-tattle play in all areas of politics - for the MPs and their advisers, the press who cover them and the civil servants in the middle of it all. From policy rows which aren't about policy at all and boozy nights with dramatic consequences, to people spinning their way to the top and dark secrets never seeing the light of day, Marie explores in great and entertaining detail the human side of the people running the country against a backdrop of political mayhem.

©2019 Marie Le Conte (P)2019 Bonnier Books Ltd

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An interesting view inside the Westminster bubble. Thoughtful and informed analysis of the nature, functions and value of gossip. Excellent reader. I feel the publisher should've done a better job of removing occasional solecisms and the audiobook producers should similarly have ensured that mispronunciations were corrected.

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Vein and informative

Found it to be a very interesting listen both fun to listen to and informative with loads of details you might not know .

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Well like the title of my review says DULL DULL DULL ☹ V V DULL

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One for the political geeks

Learned a lot and gave some really interesting insights behind the locked offices of Parliament.

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Poor narration but interesting, lively book

A good, well-written and lively narrative that was a little spoiled by often bored-sounding narration and bizarre pronunciations of fairly common names and things.

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Eye opening and entertaining

Really interesting peek into Westminster and what makes it tick. I'm not a politics nerd, but it's fascinating to hear how personal relationships and gossip influence how the country is run.

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Incisive and entertaining insights

A must for anyone interested in modern British politics, how it has changed in the online era, and the ways that the apparently trivial can change the way millions of people live their lives

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Book about gossip that doesn't contain much gossip

Had hoped that it would amount to a compendium of new and scandalous gossipy rumours unleashed on politicians, but is mainly general observations about how Westminster works.

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Good book, narration iffy

This is an interesting and well written guide to gossip. It’s very inside SW1 and if you don’t know what that means, this probably isn’t the book for you. The narration isn’t great though and some plain wrong pronunciations creep it. Pronouncing Celtic (the football team) with a hard c several times grated on me.

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Brilliantly insightful and hilariously read

The content of the book is great, giving a real insight into the detail of Westminster and how in particular politicians and journalists interact and how that shapes what the public gets to see, but what really brought it alive was the narration - it’s really dry and funny in its delivery which makes it such a pleasure to listen to.