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Steve Richards: The Prime Ministers We Never Had - Part of Autumn Edition: Derby Book Festival

5th November 2021 £5 - £10

Was Harold Wilson a bigger figure than Denis Healey? Was John Major more 'prime ministerial' than Michael Heseltine? Would David Miliband have become Prime Minister if it were not for his brother Ed? Would Ed have become Prime Minister if it were not for David? How close did Jeremy Corbyn come to being Prime Minister?

Many column inches have been filled with deliberations about who would have made a better Prime Minister than the one elected.

In this piercing and original study, journalist and political columnist Steve Richards (BBC’s The Week in Westminster) looks at 11 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 very top. Combining astute insights into the demands of leadership with compelling historical analysis, this fascinating exploration of failure and success sheds new light on some of the most compelling characters in British public life.