Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997



[Epub] ❦ Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997 ➜ John O'Farrell – E17streets4all.co.uk Like bubonic plague and stone cladding no one took Margaret Thatcher seriously until it was too late Her first act as leader was to appear before the cameras and do a V for Victory sign the wrong way Like bubonic plague and stone cladding no one Only Get ePUB ´ took Margaret Thatcher seriously until it was too late Her first act as leader was to appear before the cameras and do a V for Victory sign the wrong way round She was smiling and telling the British people to f off at the same time It was something we would have to get used to'Things Can Only Get Better is the Things Can MOBI :ò personal account of a Labour supporter who survived eighteen miserable years of Conservative government It is the heartbreaking and hilarious confessions of someone who has been actively involved in helping the Labour party lose elections at every level school candidate door to door canvasser working for a Labour MP in the House of Commons; standing as a council candidate; and eventually writing jokes for a shadow cabinet ministerAlong the way he Can Only Get PDF ↠ slowly came to realise that Michael Foot would never be Prime Minister that vegetable uiche was not as tasty as chicken tikki masala and that the nuclear arms race was never going to be stopped by face painting alone.Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997

John O'Farrell is the author of four novels Only Get ePUB ´ The Man Who Forgot His Wife May Contain Nuts This Is Your Life and The Best a Man Can Get His novels have been translated into over twenty languages and have been adapted for radio and television He has also written two best selling history books An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain as well Things Can MOBI :ò a.

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997
  • John O'Farrell
  • English
  • 14 September 2014
  • 9780552998031

10 thoughts on “Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997

  1. says:

    Extremely entertaining and very very funny The book seems dated now as it ends just after the Labour landslide in 1997 but is still worth a read The book reads a bit like a diary with important dates and elections as chapters O'Farrell is self deprecating and I really enjoyed how he takes the mickey out of himself There are serious parts to the book too though I'm looking forward to reading his new book that has just been published This did make me laugh out loud in many places Well worth a read

  2. says:

    A good book to appreciate the glee felt by many including me at the end of the 18 years of Tory rule He writes with an understanding of the politics of the time and of the hopes of the majority that we would see better government and governance than hitherto We did for a while before the iron law of British politics clicked in when Blair heard the voices and began to want to strut on a larger stage than Westminster and Whitehall The last PM who didn't do abroad with any enthusiasm was Stanley Baldwin who was unjustly traduced by Churchill for his insularity

  3. says:

    John O'Farrell always makes me laugh out loud so hard my ribs hurt If I was ever so lucky to meet the man in person I'm sure I'd like him I agree with a lot of what he says Yet I never seem to adore the books as a whole In fact I greatly disliked May Contain Nut Things Can Only Get Better was humorous and gave me enormous history into the political landscape of the Thatcher years I'm glad I read it Yet there is always the yet

  4. says:

    John O'Farrell's book on life under Margaret Thatcher is laugh out loud funny John was a script writer for Spitting Image which alongside Margaret Thatcher was a defining component of my childhood His description of growing up in Marlow as a Labour party supporting family brings smile t my face even now A fabulous and highly amusing read that brings back many fond memories Highly recommended

  5. says:

    I wasn't sure about this book when I first started out as my familiarity with the politics in Britain of the 1980s isn't that great but actually this was a really entertaining memoir It traced the course of a Labour supporter from idealism through to disillusionment and then to final acceptance during the long dark years of Margaret Thatcher's rule The books ends when 'New Labour' finally gain office in 1997 an event I remember myself having arrived in Britain the year before There are some incredibly funny recollections but what comes through most of all was the passion and heartbreak of the author I think this is as much a coming of age book as a political book and I was really pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed it

  6. says:

    This was another book group selection and one I found uite amusing and informativeO'Farrell is passionate about politics and I could certainly relate to many of the things he wrote about here having lived through these years and events He is also very funny and there were plenty of laugh out loud momentsI do think though that its appeal will be mainly limited to politically minded Brits as it is very focused on British politics during the period of 1979 1997

  7. says:

    Fever Pitch style biography where the focus is not football but on politics specifically the Labour party It's an easy pleasant read perhaps too much so for a book concerning politics O'Farrell treats his party very much as other authors treat the football teams with exasperation and blind loyalty Written in late 1997 the book is rather spoiled by the ending in which Blair gains power and all is right with the world Nevertheless an entertaining read

  8. says:

    A fantastic witty read O Farrell relives the dark days of the selfish greed fuelled 80s in a comic yet poignant way He is actually uite self deprecating in his tales despite the right wing press inevitably focusing solely on the rather ill advised musings of a frustrated and angry young man after the Brighton bombing

  9. says:

    So this sat on my shelf untouched for about 3 years but after much scolding at Party Conference I finally got round to reading it Brilliant has to be read

  10. says:

    Lived through these times really true to my experiences at the time Great book by a fine author

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