The Read Smart Podcast – Leadership Debate: the Political Biography


On 5th September, the Conservative Party will announce the next leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party and the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Ahead of this, tune into the latest episode of the Read Smart podcast, where Razia Iqbal is joined by Sonia Purnell and John Rentoul. Sonia Purnell has written biographies on Boris Johnson and Clementine Churchill. John Rentoul is a Chief Political Commentator for The Independent and author of a number of books on Tony Blair and New Labour. Razia and guests explore the importance of the political biography, delving into the difficulties of separating the author’s beliefs from their subject, and how the ascent of the celebrity politician has affected the genre.

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