Planes, Trains and Toilet Doors: 50 Places That Changed British Politics by Matt Chorley


William Collins
12 October 2023

Forget Big Ben and Westminster bust-ups, some of the
key events that have shaped modern British politics didn’t
happen in the cloisters of parliament or the corridors of
power, but in car parks, village halls and seaside resorts
hundreds of miles away. These are stories of the mundane
hosting the mighty.

From Pitt the Younger fighting a duel on Putney Heath
to Henry Bolton smuggling his girlfriend into his flat in
Folkestone in a suitcase to Nick Clegg reenacting ‘Call
Me Maybe’ on a street in Gravesend, these are the places
where snap, daft decisions changed the course of politics.
Matt Chorley has spent almost two decades covering
Westminster politics, interviewing prime ministers,
mocking MPs and celebrating the unintentionally
hilarious, historic events which act as unlikely turning
points in the direction of a nation. 50 Places That Changed
British Politics combines his experience of having a ringside
seat at the political arena with the sharpest anecdotes
and smartest research to make it an essential for anyone
who wants to know more about how politics really works.

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