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The Death of Consensus: 100 Years of British Political Nightmares Hardcover – 23 Jun. 2022

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‘Tinline has a wonderful gift of making political history fun. Carefully researched and vividly written, this book is about personalities as much as principles. He has a keen eye for telling biographical details.’

― DOMINIC SANDBROOK, THE SUNDAY TIMES

’One of the most original and enjoyable books on British politics to have appeared for many years. Phil Tinline's narrative of competing nightmares is compelling.'

― JOHN GRAY, NEW STATESMAN

’An insightful and timely new book.’

― STEVEN FIELDING, THE SPECTATOR

‘At last, an original big history of British politics in the last 100 years.'

― SIR ANTHONY SELDON, BIOGRAPHER OF PRIME MINISTERS AND CO-AUTHOR OF THE IMPOSSIBLE OFFICE?

’A fascinating exploration of how politicians come to think the unthinkable,
The Death of Consensus is essential reading for our age of permacrisis.’

―HELEN LEWIS, AUTHOR OF DIFFICULT WOMEN: A HISTORY OF FEMINISM IN 11 FIGHTS

’Phil Tinline is exceptionally clever, and this fascinating book makes us rethink the British, our government and how we want to be governed. His grasp of the detail and sweep of politics is astonishing, his central idea completely original. He makes us look at familiar faces and events with new clarity, as though we've remembered to clean our glasses. Plus, he makes it fun.’

―MIRANDA SAWYER, JOURNALIST AND BROADCASTER
<br’'This is an epiphany of a book and everyone should read it, urgently. If you want to understand the state we're in and how we got here, you'll find no better guide than Phil Tinline. Intelligent, incredibly well-informed and utterly compelling.’

―MANVEEN RANA, HOST OF STORIES OF OUR TIMES, TIMES RADIO

’A bracing and highly accessible account of the three most shape-shifting phases in Britain's modern political history.’

―DAVID KYNASTON, AUTHOR OF AUSTERITY BRITAIN; FAMILY BRITAIN AND MODERNITY BRITAIN

’A much-needed, nuanced and compelling account. Tinline brilliantly challenges the way we view the past and inspires us to take a fresh look.’

―STEVE RICHARDS, AUTHOR OF THE PRIME MINISTERS WE NEVER HAD

’An account of modern Britain unlike any other. Tinline's portrait of people and ideas is witty, affectionate and angry, reintroducing us to a place we thought we knew, but which looks fresh through his eyes.’

―RANA MITTER, HISTORIAN AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY

’Admirers of Phil Tinline’s radio programmes are in for a treat. Here in proper portion size is his trademark fast-paced history of political ideas, studded with stories about Barbara Castle and Keith Joseph. Delicious.’

― ADITYA CHAKRABORTTY, SENIOR ECONOMICS COMMENTATOR, THE GUARDIAN

’This perceptive and sharply insightful book will change how you think about consensus itself–let alone how it is established and retained. It’s a riveting new lens through which to reassess some key moments from the last century.’

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― JAMES BALL, GLOBAL EDITOR, THE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

'This is an epiphany of a book and everyone should read it, urgently. If you want to understand the state we’re in and how we got here, you’ll find no better guide than Phil Tinline. Intelligent, incredibly well-informed and utterly compelling.’ ― Manveen Rana, host of Stories of our Times, Times Radio

'A bracing and highly accessible account of the three most shape-shifting phases in Britain’s modern political history.' ― David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain; Family Britain and Modernity Britain

'A much-needed, nuanced and compelling account. Tinline brilliantly challenges the way we view the past and inspires us to take a fresh look.' ― Steve Richards, author of The Prime Ministers We Never Had

'An account of modern Britain unlike any other. Tinline’s portrait of people and ideas is witty, affectionate and angry, reintroducing us to a place we thought we knew, but which looks fresh through his eyes.' --― Rana Mitter, historian and Vice-President of the British Academy

'Admirers of Phil Tinline’s radio programmes are in for a treat. Here in proper portion size is his trademark fast-paced history of political ideas, studded with stories about Barbara Castle and Keith Joseph. Delicious.' ― Aditya Chakrabortty, Senior Economics Commentator, The Guardian

'This perceptive and sharply insightful book will change how you think about consensus itself–let alone how it is established and retained. It’s a riveting new lens through which to reassess some key moments from the last century. --― James Ball, Global Editor, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

About the Author

Phil Tinline works for BBC Radio; he has made and presented many acclaimed documentaries about how political history shapes our lives. Formerly executive producer of Radio 4's award-winning investigative history series, Document, he has written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, BBC History Magazine and the New Statesman.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (23 Jun. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 472 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1787386902
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1787386907
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.37 x 3.99 x 16.46 cm
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Phil Tinline lives in London, where he works for BBC Radio; he has made and presented many acclaimed documentaries about how political history shapes our lives. Formerly executive producer of Radio 4’s award-winning investigative history series, Document, he has written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, BBC History Magazine and the New Statesman.


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