Kind of Blue

A Political Memoir

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Ken Clarke needs no introduction. One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, during his forty-six years as the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire he has been at the very heart of government under three prime ministers. He is a political obsessive with a personal hinterland, as well known as a Tory Wet with Europhile views as for his love of cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz.

In Kind of Blue, Clarke charts his remarkable progress from working-class scholarship boy in Nottinghamshire to high political office and the upper echelons of both his party and of government. But Clarke is not a straightforward Conservative politician. His position on the left of the party often led Margaret Thatcher to question his true blue credentials and his passionate commitment to the European project has led many fellow Conservatives to regard him with suspicion - and cost him the leadership on no less than three occasions.

Clarke has had a ringside seat in British politics for four decades and his trenchant observations and candid account of life both in and out of government will enthral readers of all political persuasions. Vivid, witty and forthright, and taking its title not only from his politics but from his beloved Miles Davis, Kind of Blue is political memoir at its very best.

About Ken Clarke

Born in Nottingham in 1940, Ken Clarke was educated at Nottingham High School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied law and was called to the bar in 1963.  In 1970, at the age of twenty-nine, he became MP for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, a seat he has held ever since.  He held many ministerial posts in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet, including Secretary of State for Health and Secretary of State for Education.  He subsequently served as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer under John Major and Secretary of State for Justice and Minister without Portfolio under David Cameron.  He lives in London and Nottinghamshire.

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Ken Clarke’s memoir Kind of Blue<br/>to be published October 2016

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to be published October 2016

12 July 2016

By Pan Macmillan

Ken Clarke’s memoir Kind of Blue to be published by Pan Macmillan in October 2016. 

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Ken Clarke at Ilkley Festival of Literature

Ken Clarke at Ilkley Festival of Literature

King's Hall

King's Hall
Ilkley, UNITED KINGDOM

19:30 on 06 November 2016 - 19:30 on 06 November 2016

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One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, Ken Clarke has held every major job of state apart from Prime Minister. Known as a Tory Wet who loves cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz, Clarke isn't a straightforward Conservative politician and his passionate commitment to Europe cost him the leadership on no less than three occasions. Tonight, Clarke charts his remarkable progress from working-class scholarship boy in Nottinghamshire to high political office.

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Ken Clarke at Dulwich Literary Festival

Ken Clarke at Dulwich Literary Festival

Dulwich College

Dulwich College
Dulwich College Dulwich Common London, SE21 7LD UNITED KINGDOM

19:00 on 13 November 2016 - 20:30 on 13 November 2016

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'A Coalition of the Willing': Two of the most influential members of the Coalition " "Cabinet, Ken Clarke and Nick Clegg, have both this " "autumn published accounts of their time in government. " "Join them for an unmissable finale to the Festival " "weekend as they discuss the way we lived then, with Arifa " "Akbar, former literary editor of the Independent newspaper.

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