Chopper's Festive Book Club

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This week Christopher Hope brings you three books to bestow upon the political nerd in your life this Christmas. And we've even given Chopper's listeners enough time to order them, regardless of potential supply issues! Don't say we don't treat you.

Legendary broadcaster Michael Cockerell joins Chris to talk about 'Unmasking our Leaders: Confessions of a political documentary maker', which charts his infamous interviews with 12 Prime Ministers, and a few party leaders for good measure. Find out why he calls his guests "subjects, not victims, Chris!", which interviewee was the grumpiest, and how he managed to get Boris Johnson to admit he'd like to be PM before anyone else.

Also on the podcast, journalist Steve Richards on 'The Prime Ministers We Never Had', his book looking at major figures on politics that didn't quite make the leap to the top. Listen to Steve's justification for including Jeremy Corbyn, and pitch for the film no one needs on the Miliband brothers. Plus leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope, on being the longest serving party leader in British history, and how the Beatles wouldn't exist without him (yes, really).

Unmasking Our Leaders: Confessions of a Political Documentary-Maker, by Michael Cockerell: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/unmasking-our-leaders

The Prime Ministers We Never Had: Success and Failure from Butler to Corbyn, by Steve Richards: https://atlantic-books.co.uk/book/the-prime-ministers-we-never-had/

The Great White Hope: The Life and Times of Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope, by Alan Hope: https://www.amazon.co.uk/GREAT-WHITE-HOPE-Times-Howling-ebook/dp/B087QN7468

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