Best books… Chris Mullin

For­mer Labour min­is­ter and ac­claimed di­arist Chris Mullin se­lects his six favourite po­lit­i­cal bi­ogra­phies. Mullin has re­cently pub­lished a me­moir of his own, pub­lished by Pro­file Books at £20

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Churchill This Boy

Hin­ter­land,

by Roy Jenk­ins, 2001 (Pan Macmil­lan £14.99). A man of mas­sive self-con­fi­dence, enor­mous en­ergy and mon­strous ego, Churchill was of­ten wrong, some­times dis­as­trously so, but right about the great­est is­sue of the 20th cen­tury. Of all the bi­ogra­phies of him, this is prob­a­bly the best.

by Alan John­son, 2013 (Corgi £7.99). For­mer Labour cab­i­net min­is­ter Alan John­son’s re­mark­able ac­count of his im­pov­er­ished child­hood in 1950s Not­ting Hill. Beau­ti­fully ob­served, it is mov­ing, hu­mor­ous and up­lift­ing. Told with a dry, self-dep­re­cat­ing wit and with­out a hint of bit­ter­ness.

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