The Oona King Diaries: House Music
By Oona King
Bloomsbury £12.99
FT bookshop price: £10.39

Oona King’s childhood dreams were to become prime minister or a flight attendant. So far she has achieved neither, though her diaries rather suggest that losing her Bethnal Green and Bow seat to George Galloway at the last general election may have provided the exit from Westminster she needed.

King offers an insider’s view of both the Blair years and her life during them: threats from Alastair Campbell; the challenges of representing one of our poorest constituencies; her efforts to combine being married with 90-hour weeks.§

As only our second black woman MP (and surely the only MP to have danced her wedding night away at the Ministry of Sound), King’s diaries offer a revealing look at recent politics and the struggle of getting – and keeping – it all.

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