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The Right to Rule

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28th September 2023

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399810296

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A DAILY TELEGRAPH TOP 50 BOOK OF THE YEAR AND POLITICS BOOK OF THE YEAR

A GUARDIAN BEST POLITICS BOOK OF THE YEAR


‘BRILLIANT’ ANDREW MARR

‘HAD ME OPEN-MOUTHED WITH AMAZEMENT’ ED BALLS

‘ESSENTIALJON SOPEL

‘A GRIPPINGLY-WRITTEN, DETAILED BOOK THAT ANSWERS SO MANY QUESTIONS’ ISABEL HARDMAN

‘SUPERB’ EVAN DAVIS


The explosive full story of the past dozen years of Tory rule, from coalition to self-destruction.

Over the last decade, the British people have seen five different Conservative Prime Ministers, with five different missions and five messages to the nation. From the ashes of a financial crisis, to a break from the EU, to a global pandemic, governments – and ideologies – have changed, but Tory power has clung on. Merciless rebellion and the swift ousting of leaders have enabled this, and yet the same ruthlessness may ultimately bring about their downfall.

Witty, hair-raising and brilliantly sourced, The Right to Rule links as never before stories of betrayal in Cameron’s Coalition, the rifts behind the Referendum, the travails of May, the chaos of the pandemic, the sagas of Johnson, the Truss implosion and the Sunak patch-job.

Through his unique access and unmissable inside stories, acclaimed Westminster journalist Ben Riley-Smith’s explosive account is essential for anyone wondering how the Tories kept changing, kept revolting – and kept winning. This is the entertaining and dramatic account of our times, for anyone wondering how Britain got into this state.

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Reviews

Andrew Marr
A brilliant encapsulation of thirteen years
Jon Sopel
Essential
Isabel Hardman
A grippingly-written, detailed book that answers so many questions
Ed Balls
Insightful, authoritative and incredibly readable. It had me open-mouthed with amazement
Evan Davis
Superb
Stephen Bush
Marvellous . . . Packed with insight, gossip and candid reflections from the major players
Michael Portillo
Expertly explains how a governing party mainly skilled in backstabbing survived in power
Chris Mason
A wonderfully written canter through an extraordinary decade and a bit. Highly recommended
Alan Johnson
Future historians will take Ben Riley-Smith's lucid and riveting book as their guide
Rafael Behr
Colourful and richly researched
Daily Telegraph
Riley-Smith is an excellent, pithy writer with a knack for a telling phrase
New Statesman
A sharp insider account of the long Tory reign
Matthew d'Ancona
Terrific. Not all political books are page-turners. This really is. It will be a while before it's bettered. It is really excellent
Financial Times, 'Readers' Best Books of 2023'
Filled with chaos, rebellion, infighting, backbiting and catastrophe and much more. Interesting . . . a cracking read
Daily Telegraph, 50 Best Books of 2023
Future historians will refer to this study in cynicism and clever reinvention
Daily Telegraph
Riley-Smith is an excellent, pithy writer with a knack for a telling phrase . . . it will remain among the best books written about the chaos and carnage of the last 13 years
Guardian, Best Politics Books of the Year
A majestic digested read of the last 13 years of Tory leadership, drawing together the threads of fou