The Irish Diaries (1994-2003)
Publication Date: October 29th 2013
The four volumes of the diaries by spokesman and strategist, Alastair Campbell, were a publishing sensation.
As British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s right-hand man, former journalist and political analyst Campbell played a critical role in every aspect of New Labour strategy. Charting the course of British government from July 1994 to August 2003, Campbell¹s relentlessly honest, often controversial, occasionally brutal, and always razor-sharp commentary has drawn critical acclaim from around the world.
This newly edited one-volume edition focuses on one of the Blair government’s biggest successes, the Northern Ireland peace process. From the high of the Good Friday agreement and devolution in Northern Ireland, to the deadly lows of the Manchester and Omagh bombings, The Irish Diaries explores the tensions, all-night talks, adrenalin-fuelled negotiations and heady personality clashes that are such an intrinsic part of democratic politics. Newly annotated and fully revised by Campbell and featuring commissioned material by key figures in the Irish peace process such as former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern,Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell himself, The Irish Diaries is invaluable for readers with an interest in Irish history.
‘Written with a pen and notebook, as these historical events were unfolding, the book recalls the numerous peaks and troughs of the peace process. Campbell explains — in his candid and no-nonsense manner — the delicate balancing act of bringing unionists and nationalists for the most significant agreement between Britain and Ireland since the Anglo-Irish-Treaty of 1921.’ – The Irish Examiner
Alastair Campbell was born in 1957 in Yorkshire. He is a journalist, broadcaster, and writer, who held the position as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications and Strategy between 1997 and 2003.