Subtitled, "The Rise Of The New Conservative". Recently emerging as the first Tory leader in years to come across as a man of the people, David ('Dave') Cameron is seen as an ordinary bloke in a traditionally reviled political position. This biography reveals more about the man behind the spin, and explores the future direction of the Conservatives. Will Cameron be prepared to jeopardise the support of the grass roots? How deep are his environmental credentials? Written by two highly qualified journalists, this is a real insight into a man few know much about.
The first major biography of the Conservative Party's dynamic new leader.
New Conservative, old money
Natasha Tripney the observer Sat 06 June 2009
This absorbing biography of the leader of the Conservative party is even-handed and eminently readable. Well researched by political journalists Francis Elliott and James Hanning, it fleshes out the details of Cameron's background: an elite prep school followed by Eton and Brasenose College, Oxford; a world of nannies and old money. His reasonably smooth rise to the top is also well documented, though the writers take care to show that other factors have shaped his life and the section on the short life of his son, Ivan, is sensitively handled. Cameron's ability to appear comfortable in most situations is repeatedly stressed but by the end, the Tory leader remains something of an enigma.