FINDING NEW VOICES
DEFINING NEW GENRES
Arnold Appleforth claims getting old is all about attitude. And if that’s the case he needs all the attitude he can get, because his journalistic career is on life support, his sex life non-existent (except for a recent regrettable incident at a well-known chain restaurant), his financial position precarious and his alcohol consumption prodigious. Add to that his abysmal parenting of his three (or is it four?) children and the biohazard status of his flat, and life isn’t a bed of roses.
So Arnold decides to keep a diary, a daily dose of inspiration to keep his blood pumping. It’ll deal with his own life with intimate, eye-watering honesty and also include pungent political comment on the disgraceful state of contemporary Britain. With a view to publication of course – who wouldn’t want to enjoy his wit and wisdom?
So join Arnold as he drops pearly bon mots before swine and makes one last grab for literary immortality. And struggles to survive in a sadly unappreciative world….Read More
His words threatened rivers of blood…and they fought him with hope….
On April 20th, 1968 Enoch Powell, Member of Parliament in the English town of Wolverhampton, made a speech that shook Britain to its core. The ramifications of what some labelled a ‘racist diatribe’ changed forever the way in which race was viewed and discussed in the United Kingdom. The Speech: a novel follows the lives of a group of characters — including Powell himself — living in Wolverhampton over a ten-day period before and after his speech.
Mrs. Georgina Verington-Delaunay is a volunteer working in the Conservative riding office of Enoch Powell. It is through her interaction with Powell, now at a critical point in his political career, that we get to know him intimately. Frank and Christine are art students inadvertently caught in an undercurrent of intolerance. Nelson and his aunt, Irene, are Jamaican immigrants striving to make a life for themselves in an atmosphere of turbulent emotions and polarised opinions concerning Britain’s immigration policies.
A violent crime brings these disparate characters together as they struggle to find their places in the swiftly changing society of 1960s Britain. Set against a background of ‘subversive’ music, radical fashions, and profound change in ‘moral values,’ they attempt against all odds to bring a fair conclusion to an unjust investigation. As they work together against murky elements of self-interest and bigotry, they’re forced to confront their own consciences and prejudices.Read More
“Like it or loath it, this book show the public affairs industry is now part of political processes across the world. Policy makers, businesses and NGOs, as well as budding and experienced practitioners, need to understand how it works and this collection gives a lively insight into this often private world.”
Dan Corry is CEO of third sector think tank and consultancy NPC and a former Treasury and Downing Street adviser
“This excellent book clearly demonstrates that public affairs is now a global industry. It highlights the similarities – and the differences – in the way in which lobbying is practiced in different markets worldwide. If, as Tip O’Neill famously said, all politics is local, perhaps we can now say that all lobbying is global.”
Francis Ingham, Director General, PRCA
“An absolute treasure-trove: written by top public affairs professionals and covering a wealth of different countries, it provides myriad, real-world insights into a business every bit as vital to politics and policy these days as elections are. Highly recommended for practitioners, academics, and anyone wanting to find out what it’s all about.”
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London
“This book is essential reading for those seeking to stay in tune with the evolving practices of public affairs in a fast moving world. Robert Magyar’s insight into PA developments and market trends in China will prove especially useful for any company or organisation attempting to navigate the ever-changing government, policy and regulatory environment in the PRC.”
Craig Hoy, Executive Director, PublicAffairsAsia
In our highly politicized world, public affairs plays a more important role than ever not just in how each nation functions and internally but how it is presented and interacts on the global stage. With an extensive introduction to lobbying and public affairs in individual countries, this book covers the main changes in recent years including the regulatory environment; nature of the sector/main players, consultants vs in-house; key challenges for the sector; issues of political importance; key practices, main avenues of political engagement (institutional) and methods (briefings, meetings, media) as well as providing compelling conclusions on the likely changes and future direction of public affairs.
Lionel Zetter (UK); Kajsa Stenström (Brussels); Cornelius Brand (Germany); Eric Schell (France); Laura Florea and Andreea Dobra (Romania); Huw Williams (Canada); Spiro Anastasiou, John Harbord and Margaret Joiner (New Zealand); Toby Moffett (USA); Michael Sugich (Middle East); Robert Magyar (China); Davis Hodge (Brazil); Valerie Pinto (India); Andrew Escott (International); Stuart Thomson (The Future)Read More
Crowdocracy : The End of Politics discusses one of the world’s most debated and critical issues – who decides our future and how should we be governed? If a political party receives a tenth of all votes but no representation in government, can we claim the system is democratic and people’s voices are being heard? Should an international political body, bank or committee be able to decide the destiny of a country and its government? It is clear that democracy is struggling, political representatives seemingly more inclined to pursue their own ambitions than proactively address the challenging issues facing society. But is there any alternative and can we chart a wiser way forward? Most national populations feel disenfranchised with the political process and largely powerless to make any real difference themselves.
Crowdocracy offers a radical new way forward, one that allows all of us – not just some of us – to participate in how we are governed. It offers a compelling examination of the contemporary relationships between people and politics. Crowdocracy suggests a new model for how people can decide their own future, create a new political landscape, and ultimately shape and govern their communities.
Crowdocracy is the second title in the ground-breaking Wicked & Wise series, a range of topical books that explore hotly debated and ‘wicked’ issues facing the planet and its people, offering intelligent, challenging and ‘wise’ ways forward that may be able to break through existing intractable positions. Each book in the series is co-authored by renowned leadership consultant Alan Watkins and an eminent thinker in each subject field.
Alan Watkins is recognized as an international expert on leadership and human performance. Over the past 18 years he has been a coach to many of Europe’s top business leaders. Alan is currently the CEO of a leadership consultancy, Complete Coherence, that works to develop enlightened leaders in all walks of life. His company is particularly focused on working with leaders and executive teams in large multinational organisations and helping them to make a more positive impact on all our lives. He is an inspiring and entertaining keynote and TEDx speaker and was the sole ‘expert’ in a BBC1 series, Temper your Temper, where he coached ten people with anger issues live on TV. As well as his work with global business leaders Alan advised the GB Olympic squad, coaches and athletes prior to London 2012.
He continues to work with them in the run-up to Rio in 2016. Alan originally trained as a physician at Imperial College in London and worked for 11 years in the UK’s National Health Service. He also worked for a year as a physician in Australia and a year in academic medical research in the USA. An integrationist at heart, he ended up in neuroscience research before leaving medicine to work on a more global stage. In addition to his medical degree Alan has a first class degree in Psychology from the University of
London and a PhD in Immunology from Southampton University, UK. He has written numerous scientific papers in peer reviewed journals on a wide variety of subjects and many book chapters.
So far (2016), he is the author or co-author of four books, this one being the fifth. He lives with his wife and their four boys in Hampshire, England
Iman Stratenus devotes his professional life to system transformations. He works as an advisor and coach to organisational leaders assisting with their personal and organisational transformations. For the past 2 years he has been working on unravelling and redesigning the governance system, which led him to write Crowdocracy with Dr Alan Watkins. He has also launched the Crowd Foundation, which aims to bring crowdocracy to life. Before his work on governance, Iman worked as a lawyer, management consultant and business leader across many countries. He wrote his first book in 2011 about the transformation of the company he led in China in a book called ‘In China, We Trust’. Iman lives with his wife and their crowd of five children in Portugal.Read More
For his fifth general election book, Nicholas Jones presents a personal A-Z of election highlights and insights from fifty years of political reporting. Jones was a parliamentary and political reporter for The Times in the late 1960s and joined the BBC in the mid-1970s where he was an industrial and political correspondent for thirty years.
In his A-Z he draws on his experiences of reporting a dozen general elections. He offers a selection of untold stories and commentaries on political intrigues and changing political fortunes, from the Wilson and Callaghan era, through the Thatcher decade, the Premierships of John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and on to the unprecedented post-war coalition government led by David Cameron. From election battle buses to shadowy world of election fixers, from the pitfalls of campaigning to the highs and lows of an election results night, Jones reflects on fifty years’ of political unpredictability and the love-hate relationship between politicians and the media. Such has been the speculation in the lead-up to the 2015 general election – and the prospect of political fragmentation and another hung Parliament – Jones’ A-Z will offer a welcome perspective on momentous elections of the past, as witnessed during a lifetime of political reporting.
Nick’s previous election books: Election 92, Campaign 1997, Campaign 2001 and Campaign 2010; other titles include Soundbites and Spin Doctors, Sultans of Spin and Trading Information: Leaks, Lies and Tip-offsRead More
News and Views – do they matter?
Public affairs is fundamentally about communications. Communications move and change. They are reshaped, redirected, and repositioned as politics and events change. Each communication is vital observation that captures the essence of the politics and events of that time and provides a route to understanding them.
Public Affairs : News, Views and Hullabaloos is a unique and compelling collection of author Stuart Thomson’s personal picks from his popular series of blog posts. Each provides a fascinating insight into the political situation of the time and in many cases proving vital for our current understanding of the contemporary public affairs and campaigning landscape.
Through these pithy, concise and entertaining pieces, Stuart offers valuable tips, hints and thoughts on public affairs and political communications. He covers the full length and breadth of key issues, and provides a compelling argument for the importance of crisis communications, media relations, social media project development, and local engagement in the political environment.
“As someone who knows both the legal sector and the world of politics, Stuart’s blog posts are ideal for me. Lawyers and politicians sometimes have a rocky relationship, and so it’s essential that we have experts like Stuart around to keep both sides talking”.
Richard Messingham, Head of Public Affairs, The Law Society of England and Wales
“In my position I need to have my finger on the pulse of politics, both the official lines and the political gossip. Stuart Thomson’s blog gives me exactly what I need – the right mix of news and analysis on the important issues of the day.”
Kirsty McHugh, CEO, Employment Related Services Association
“Stuart’s postings are always well worth reading. He covers a wide range of different communications and political issues and is always able to bring interesting insights to them.”
Matthew Davies, Head of Communications, Asset Based Finance Association
“Stuart’s blog has established itself as a regular read for me. It provides critical insight and always makes me think twice about what we are doing. It is so good, I even tweet it!”
Ian Harvey, National Director, Civic Voice
“A key feature of my work is understanding the not for profit and public sectors within their wider political and public contexts. Stuart’s blog offers those key insights, often from an angle that I don’t see explored elsewhere.”
James Kirkland, Marketing and Business Development, Not for Profit, Grant Thornton UK LLP
“I always enjoying reading Stuart Thomson’s blog! You never stop learning new ideas about public affairs whatever your level of experience; and Stuart provides excellent insights and suggestions on what a public affairs practitioner needs to be looking out for and how he or she can improve their lobbying of and engagement with policy makers, influencers and officials. His blog is a must-read for anyone seeking to raise their public affairs game, and that of the organisation they represent.”
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association
Parliamentary Pioneers : Labour Women MPs 1918-1945 is a compelling account of the trailblazers who laid the foundations for women having an influential voice in the House of Commons. Written by MEP and authoritative spokesperson on women’s rights and gender equality Mary Honeyball, the book tells the story of the issues these first MPs championed, the challenges they faced and the lives they led.
This doughty group of women, tough and individualistic as they all were, maintained their independence both in their politics and in their personal lives. The election of Labour women to the House of Commons meant that females representing the working classes now joined their male counterparts in articulating Labour concerns in Parliament, still very much a bastion of Edwardian wealth and privilege. The hallowed Chamber regularly echoed with voices that cared passionately about social issues, issues guaranteed to upset the resident delicate gentlemen not used to such talk.
Told through the prism of key contemporary issues, such as working-class women’s fight for birth control in the 1920s and 30s, this book brings to life the little known history of these first Labour women to sit in the House of Commons. Fair representation for women at Westminster has proved to be a long haul. It was not until the Labour landslide of 1997 that over 100 Labour women were returned to the House of Commons – much is owed to the original Parliamentary Pioneers.
Labour Women MPs is published in hardback, priced at £16.99.
Dame Margaret Beckett, former Leader of the Labour Party and Foreign Secretary:
Parliamentary Pioneers tells the story of an intrinsic piece of Labour history. The modern trailblazers who Mary features show how life for Labour women has improved not least because there is mutual respect between Labour men and women but also, as Honeyball’s book suggests, this parity has only been achieved because Labour women fought hard to get it. It’s been a remarkable journey and I’m so pleased this account has been recorded so well.
Charles Clarke, former Home Secretary and author of The Too Difficult Box:
Parliamentary Pioneers eloquently draws our attention to the fight these doughty early pioneers fearlessly took on, and brings the discussion into the 21st century by asking two formidable current Labour women MPs to share their experiences.
Baroness Joyce Gould of Potternewton, former Labour Party Chief Woman Officer and National Agent:
At a period when women are still so underrepresented in British politics Mary couldn’t have chosen a more prescient time to publish Parliamentary Pioneers. This is an important reminder not only of the early struggle following the suffragette movement, but of how these tough women worked so hard to dismantle entrenched views on gender and risked being ridiculed in the process.
Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands and leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party:
Parliamentary Pioneers superbly explores the humble beginnings of the Labour women’s movement and their rise to parliamentary politics. The journey for recognition and better representation has been tumultuous at times, as Mary’s book finely displays.
Rowena Mason, Political Correspondent for The Guardian:
Parliamentary Pioneers covers a fascinating period of political history and Honeyball fills a gap in the knowledge of many of us by exploring the careers of trailblazing female Labour MPs who were among the first to break into the male-dominated environment of Westminster.Read More
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