Out on 21 September 2023

Turning Points

Steve Richards Media Limited

Steve Richards

21 September 2023
416 pages


An authoritative history of the most consequential events in post-war British politics from Steve Richards, broadcaster, journalist, and author of The Prime Ministers We Never Had.

‘Steve Richards is one of the shrewdest political commentators we have’ – Andrew Marr

Every few weeks in British politics, a columnist will reach for the word ‘unprecedented’ as a cabinet minister resigns or yet another inquiry is called. We have become so accustomed to turmoil that it is impossible to take a breath and see where we are headed. In this magisterial history, respected broadcaster and journalist Steve Richards puts the recent chaos into context and takes a step back to explore ten critical moments that have shaped modern Britain.

From the Suez Crisis of 1956 to the Covid-19 pandemic, from 1945 to Thatcher, Richards argues that it is only with distance that we can perceive the tectonic plates shifting – and events that may seem earth-shattering in the moment might be a passing tremor with the perspective of history.

With his trademark insight, forged over several decades as one of the UK’s foremost political commentators, Richards blends anecdote and analysis to explore the biggest events in British political history. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand our nation, this landmark work is enlightening and entertaining in equal measure.

Excellent. Steve Richards is one of the shrewdest political commentators we have
A better and more thought-provoking book than most of those about prime ministers
A fascinating and original book that sheds new light on the forces that shape British politics