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
Churchill This Boy
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.