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Nominated for the 2017 Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing.

In June 2017, an earthquake shook the very foundations of British politics. With Labour widely predicted to suffer a crushing defeat in the general election, Jeremy Corbyn instead achieved a stunning upset - a hung parliament, the humiliation of Theresa May's government, and more than 40 percent of the vote.   

A lifelong and uncompromising socialist, Corbyn had, against all expectations, been dramatically elected leader of the party in September 2015. In the space of less than two years, he had progressed from 200-to-one outsider for the Labour Party leadership to become an apparent Prime Minister-in-waiting.   

How these events came about is the subject of Alex Nunns' highly listenable and richly researched account. Drawing on firsthand interviews with those involved in the leadership and general-election campaigns, including Labour's most senior figures, Nunns traces the origins of Corbyn's ascent. Giving full justice to the dramatic swings and nail-biting tensions of an extraordinary moment in UK politics, Nunns' telling of a story that has received widespread attention but little understanding is as illuminating as it is entertaining. 

Selected by The Guardian as one of the best politics books of 2016, this updated edition includes a new introduction and an extensive afterword that brings an extraordinary story right up to date.

©2018 Alex Nunns (P)2018 Alex Nunns

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Funny in retrospect

A hilarious listen, given Labour’s election thrashing just 2 years later.
Narration has a bizarre method of delivering other people’s quotes by speaking extremely quickly. Honestly sounds ludicrous.

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Good book but a little biased

This is a good book with a good story but it has a very clear left wing stance. I still enjoyed the book.

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excellent

Cuts through the Tory press bias and delivers the facts about the unlikely rise of Corbyn

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Must read

Excellent insight and analysis for those who are open to listening. Oh what could’ve been...

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Entertaining as well as educational.

Loved it ! Entertaining and educational , great story. Told with honesty , covering all sides of this political phenomenon.

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Embarrassingly poor narration

Boring, but also rendered unlistenable because of the narrator’s command of English. Pronounced “tributary” as “try-BEW-sha-ree”. Mate, you had one job...

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A reminder of how Corbyn came to lead the Labour Party

I wanted a reminder of what had happened since Corbyn came to prominence as a leadership candidate, and got it. It was over long though, with too many snide asides on the party machine. I’d have preferred it to stick closer to the facts with less rhetoric. The narration felt rushed and breathless. Mispronounced words spoiled the narrative. Glad I finished it though.

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Disappointing propaganda

I was looking forward to an informative book about Jeremy Corbyn and his rise in the Labour Party as I find him an Intriguing character.

I was disappointed to find that this book lost credibility as it progressed as the author lapsed into hero worship of Jeremy Corbyn and presented his own political opinions as facts in an increasing forceful manner. This was particularly evident in the way that he insulted several opponents of Corbyn in terms usually reserved for red top newspaper headlines. I will be asking for a refund for this book and will try and find an alternative book about Corbyn.

Pete Nottage did a very good job of narrating in an enthusiastic manner.



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Highly Recommended

Thoroughly enjoyed reliving this political period especially with insights from main protagonist's .

Narration was Superb

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Excellent Leftist Analysis

An excellent analysis of the movements and forces surrounding Jeremy Corbyn's improbable rise! Highly recommend to anyone interested in British politics and/or Leftist electoral work.