Saturday, January 09, 2010
Peter Watt Tells His Story
At last I can reveal the book project which I have been dropping hints about on Twitter over the last few weeks. Peter Watt, you may remember, was General Secretary of the Labour Party throughout the Cash for Honours period and the election that never was. He was forced, by Gordon Brown, to resign his post following the David Abrahams 'Donorgate' affair. This is his story, which my company, Biteback is publishing. And believe you me, it is quite a story.
The book isn't published until 25 January, but over the next couple of weeks, starting tomorrow, the Mail on Sunday will be publishing extracts from it.
Some will say that it's ironic that I am publishing the book, bearing in mind some of the things I wrote about Peter at the time. He's obviously a very forgiving person! The book is a cracking tale and is written by Peter in co-operation with top political journalist Isabel Oakeshott.
When their agent sent me the book synopisis and two sample chapters I could hardly believe what I was reading. Virtually every page elicited an "Oh my God" or something stronger. But the great thing about the book is that it doesn't read as though it is motivated by any desire for revenge. It is a deeply - and at times very moving - human story, and one which anyone who has ever worked for a political party will easily relate to.
I can't reveal any contents of the book until they appear on the Mail on Sunday website, but believe you me, you won't be disappointed.
You can order the book from Amazon HERE.