Brexit books by political journalists set to appear this autumn

Written by Georgia Shaw on 5 July 2016 in Culture

Tim Shipman and Owen Bennett will both chronicle the explosive events around Britain leaving the European Union.

Two lobby journalists are preparing to publish books telling the inside story of the Brexit battle.

Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman will be the author of ‘All Out War’. The book is billed by publisher William Collins as the inside story of how the referendum on the European Union brought about Brexit “and sank Britain’s political class”.

It will cover David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum, the campaign itself, the prime minister’s dramatic resignation - and the plots and betrayals that have ensued.

Shipman said: “Politics as we know it has been turned upside down. The last few months - and the last few days in particular - have been the most extraordinary in British politics since May 1940. I'm delighted that HarperCollins has agreed to publish the inside account of these tumultuous events. We may not know where all the pieces will fall but I'm excited to get the chance to explain how the status quo was shattered.”

The former Daily Mail and Telegraph journalist has also called on insiders to email him with "stories of heroism and skulduggery".

At the same time, Huffington Post reporter Owen Bennett is penning ‘The Brexit Club: The Inside Story of the Leave Campaign’s Shock Victory’.

Publisher biteback Biteback said the book would cover the battle for Brexit, from the "massing of the UKIP foot soldiers after the general election and the squabbling of the various Leave groups, to the arrival of the cabinet cavalry after Cameron’s Brussels deal and the dramatic final weeks fought on battle buses and in TV studios".

Bennett is a former Daily Express journalist and the author of Following Farage: On the Trail of the People’s Army.

He said: “Everyone knew the Brexit campaign would be dramatic, but I don't think any of us quite predicted just how many twists and turns there would be. Through reporting on the various Leave groups and speaking to the key people involved, I know this truly was a campaign like no other in the history of British politics.”



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