The Gatekeeper (Hardback)
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The Gatekeeper (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 05/03/2020
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Revealing and enlightening, Kate Fall’s account of eleven years at the heart of the Cameron administration alights on the key topics of recent times and the coterie of ministers who, for better or worse, changed the face of British politics. As one of the former PM’s most trusted advisors, Fall is uniquely placed to provide a fascinating snapshot of the Westminster bubble.

'For over a decade Kate Fall was the most influential woman in British politics.' - Alice Thomson, The Times

For eleven years Kate Fall was one of David Cameron's closest advisors. During some of the most significant political events of our times - the Arab Spring, the financial crash and a European referendum that has changed the face of British politics forever - she sat right outside the door of the Prime Minister's office, earning herself the title of 'gatekeeper'.

Fall takes us through the Cameron project, from its inception to coalition, reshuffles, political scandals, two general elections and three referendums. She speaks frankly and honestly about the Conservatives' key players, their project to modernise the party, how the coalition worked (and how it didn't). Shedding light on the world behind the public facade of politics, she reveals what it is like to be a woman at the heart of power: the blood, sweat and toil, the victories and regrets, the friendships and fall outs, the chaos and camaraderie.

Politics tests any relationship with its conflicting priorities of loyalty, belief, and personal ambition. The Gatekeeper is a very personal portrait of life behind the scenes at the centre of power.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008336097
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This book is as good an account of life inside Number 10 as I have ever read. Kate Fall has an exquisite eye for telling detail and a rare ability to express it. The tale gives an intimate and honest account of some of the most important and challenging years in recent history.' - Sir Anthony Seldon

'For over a decade Kate Fall was the most influential woman in British politics - as David Cameron's closest adviser and gatekeeper. This is her fascinating, honest and sometimes hilarious story of life behind the door of number Ten.' - Alice Thomson, The Times

'Kate Fall was not just the gatekeeper; she was at the heart of the Number Ten operation.' - Camilla Cavendish, The Times, Former Head of the No 10 Policy Unit

'Kate Fall was in many ways the heart and the soul of the Cameron operation, so this is a genuinely insightful and fascinating account of what it is like to be at the heart of power.' - Tom Bradby

'Kate Fall was David Cameron's indispensable right-hand woman - trouble-shooter and gatekeeper - as he ascended from leader of the Opposition to Prime Minister between 2010 and 2016. Her memoir is a highly readable account of the Rise and Fall of the Cameroons, which future historians will scour, not least for its revealing account of the key events of the 2016 Brexit crisis that brought her boss crashing down. At the same time, this is an often touching account of the demands that modern politics makes on people and their families. I read it, gripped, at one sitting' - Niall Ferguson

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