Andrew Rawnsley's bestselling and award-winning Servants of the People was acclaimed across all media as the most authoritative and entertaining account of New Labour and its first term in office. As one reviewer put it, 'Rawnsley's ability to unearth revelation at the highest level of government may leave you suspecting that there are bugs in the vases at Number 10.'
The End of the Party is packed with more astonishing revelations as Rawnsley takes up the New Labour story from the day of its second election victory in 2001. There are riveting inside accounts of all the key events from 9/11 and the Iraq War to the financial crisis and the parliamentary expenses scandal; and entertaining portraits of the main players as Rawnsley takes us through the triumphs and tribulations of New Labour as well as the astonishing feuds and reconciliations between Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews and confidential conversations with those at the heart of power, Andrew Rawnsley provides the definitive account of the rise and fall of New Labour.
"Rawnsley's narrative has a theme and a drive that gives it a complusive readability... riveting... engrossing... devastating detail... an operatic tale. Nobody who is interested in modern British politics can afford to ignore this book." Robert Harris, Sunday Times
"A book that displays to the full his talents as a journalist, a historian and even thriller-writer. It truly is a rip-roaring tale that provokes the reader to turn the pages to reach the next colourful episode." Philip Webster, The Times
"The best history of New Labour yet - and unlikely to be bettered any time soon" Andrew Neather, Evening Standard
"Unreservedly recommended." GQ magazine
"A feast of high politics and low behaviour" Andrew Gimson, Daily Telegraph
About this author
Andrew Rawnsley is associate editor and chief political commentator for the Observer. For many years he presented BBC Radio 4's Sunday evening Westminster Hour, and he has also made a number of highly acclaimed television documentaries.