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The Prime Ministers We Never Had

Success and Failure from Heseltine to Corbyn

Steve Richards

RRP: £20.00

2 September 2021

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781838952419

RRP: £7.99

2 September 2021

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781838952433

Was Harold Wilson a bigger figure than Denis Healey? Was John Major more ‘prime ministerial’ than Michael Heseltine? What would Britain look like today if David Miliband had become Labour leader instead of his brother Ed? Would Jeremy Corbyn have done a better job of handling the Covid-19 pandemic than Boris Johnson?

In this piercing and original history, Steve Richards looks at twelve prime ministers we never had, examining what made each of these illustrious figures unique and why they failed to make the final leap to the top. Based on unprecedented access and original interviews, this fascinating study of failure and success sheds new light on some of the most compelling characters in British public life.

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