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Based on interviews with her colleagues, her political opponents and friends from school and university, as well as extensive archival research, Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography traces Abbott s path from London, via Cambridge University, through the media and radical politics into Parliament, and then to the top of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow radical Cabinet which ultimat Based on interviews with her colleagues, her political opponents and friends from school and university, as well as extensive archival research, Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography traces Abbott s path from London, via Cambridge University, through the media and radical politics into Parliament, and then to the top of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow radical Cabinet which ultimately lost the election.


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Based on interviews with her colleagues, her political opponents and friends from school and university, as well as extensive archival research, Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography traces Abbott s path from London, via Cambridge University, through the media and radical politics into Parliament, and then to the top of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow radical Cabinet which ultimat Based on interviews with her colleagues, her political opponents and friends from school and university, as well as extensive archival research, Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography traces Abbott s path from London, via Cambridge University, through the media and radical politics into Parliament, and then to the top of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow radical Cabinet which ultimately lost the election.

52 review for Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rhianna

    This book is an epic. I went in not knowing too much about Diane Abbott beyond the headlines: I knew she was the first black woman MP in Britain, and I have generally respected & believed in her stances on issues and policies. But this book brought me so deep into her world, her political ideologies, the social contexts surrounding her career since the 80s. I now have a deep appreciation for her love of debate, forcing change from the backbench, and commitment to grassroots activism and party po This book is an epic. I went in not knowing too much about Diane Abbott beyond the headlines: I knew she was the first black woman MP in Britain, and I have generally respected & believed in her stances on issues and policies. But this book brought me so deep into her world, her political ideologies, the social contexts surrounding her career since the 80s. I now have a deep appreciation for her love of debate, forcing change from the backbench, and commitment to grassroots activism and party politics. This to the point where it almost feels frustrating to read people describing her purely in 'symbolic' and 'iconic' language, because after reading this book you can no longer think of Diane Abbott as a 'symbol' as such - she is a deeply real person, still fighting, still campaigning, and forming deeply nuanced arguments on everything from nuclear war in the 80s to immigration reform to health policy and more. The book also surprised me based on its thoroughness of documenting essentially 50 years of British political and media history. Every key moment and scandal is written about in here, and then discussed through the interesting & intersectional perspective of Diane's lens, analysis and reactions. It is also a document of black British politics, going back into organisations like OWAAD and the Black Sections; as well as taking the time to write particularly moving descriptions of historical moments such as the New Cross Fire, the Brixton Riots, the death of Steven Lawrence, Grenfell, Windrush, and more. Watching the shifts in media, from the strange 'TV-am" experiment to the floods of abuse via twitter and conservative algorithmic click-bait news, is also painful but interesting to read about. It feels like very little has been left out of this book, which means it can be read in one of two ways: either cover to cover, taking you on the whole journey of Diane's full life. Or you can start from the back, looking through the incredible index, and picking out the themes and historical moments / era you are particularly interested in, and going in straight from that angle to what interests you most. A brilliant book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eurethius Péllitièr

    Not enough of the left knows the debt it owes Diane

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Lawrence

    I absolutely loved this book, I considered giving it four stars because there are a few minor errors (things like the years things happened and the constituencies of some MPs) that I hope they will fix for the next edition, but otherwise it was so fascinating and full of things that both shocked and inspired me. Diane Abbott what a hero <3

  4. 5 out of 5

    gaverne Bennett

    Great read, learnt so much.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kalisha

    This is an amazing book and another review on here by @Rhianna covers it really well. I was not expecting to cry, laugh, feel angered and be inspired to the degree that I did (perhaps because I haven't read many politicial biographies). There were many occasions when I had to put the book down and sit with what I had just read. I had to mark so many sections so I could call friends and family later saying "Did you know this?!" "Can you believe this?!". I also found it a really educational read and This is an amazing book and another review on here by @Rhianna covers it really well. I was not expecting to cry, laugh, feel angered and be inspired to the degree that I did (perhaps because I haven't read many politicial biographies). There were many occasions when I had to put the book down and sit with what I had just read. I had to mark so many sections so I could call friends and family later saying "Did you know this?!" "Can you believe this?!". I also found it a really educational read and learnt so much about British politics (including Black British politics), the Left, the Labour Party and the media. Many of the events were before I was born or when I was young so this book served as a great history book but also really informative for more recent events, when I wasn't as politically aware at the time. Diane Abbott is an incredible role model and this book does a brilliant job of portraying exactly why she deserves the recognition that she does not receive enough of.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Wood

    Although, undoubtedly, this book is going to appeal to the more left-leaning, it is an in-depth walkthrough of a political life that I'd recommend to anyone who wants a greater understanding of the political landscape of post-war Britain as well as the challenges still faced today by BAME communities, all through the life on one extraordinary woman. I am not a great reader of political biographies and was actually gifted this. I perceived this as a little odd because although I've been aware of D Although, undoubtedly, this book is going to appeal to the more left-leaning, it is an in-depth walkthrough of a political life that I'd recommend to anyone who wants a greater understanding of the political landscape of post-war Britain as well as the challenges still faced today by BAME communities, all through the life on one extraordinary woman. I am not a great reader of political biographies and was actually gifted this. I perceived this as a little odd because although I've been aware of Diane Abbott, and the vilification she receives, for some time, she is not a figure I have particularly followed perhaps as closely as some of her other colleagues. However, the book is genuinely gripping in its clear-cut depiction of a political life that is inherently tied to radical social upheaval. It avoids crossing into salacious detail about her personal life and yet does not shy away from notable controversies, taking an even-handed approach and responding with care. The cold, hard presentation of how many prejudices exist in present society, both inside and out of the corridors of power, are far more horrifying for how bluntly they are shown thus making the work Ms Abbott has done even more impressive given what has been levelled at her. I'm sure there will be many who decry the persistent mentions of identity politics within this book but I'd argue that it would have been impossible to write without them, especially in regards to the achievements of the subject. In short, I would have never picked up this book of my own accord and yet I am thrilled it has somehow managed to cross my path.

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