If you're stuck on what to buy a political friend for Christmas, you could do a lot worse than buy the new book of political and parliamentary sketches by the much missed Frank Johnson. BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE pulls together his two previous sketch books with lots of added new material.
I remember when I first became interested in politics in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Frank's sketches in the Telegraph were an absolute delight. He really was one of the finest, if not the, finest sketchwriters of his generation.
it was Frank who dubbed Norman Tebbit the "Chingford Strangler" and first called Dennis Skinner the "Beast of Bolsover".
There are also some wonderful vignettes about his love of opera and ballet and his life in France with his wife Virginia Fraser, who has lovingly compiled the book.
Buy the book HERE.