Sir Anthony Seldon in conversation with Helen Pike

The premiership of Boris Johnson is one of the most controversial in the 300 years of the office. Visionary or self-server? Remarkable leader or utter incompetent? Courageous, chameleon or charlatan?

Sir Anthony Seldon, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham (2015-2020) after being a transformative head for 20 years of Brighton College and then Wellington College, he is author or editor of over 45 books on contemporary history, including ‘insider’ accounts on the last five Prime Ministers.  He was co-founder and first director of the Institute of Contemporary British History; and co-founder and President of IPEN (International Positive Education Network).

Chair of the National Archives Trust, Sir Anthony is patron, or on the board of several charities.  For the last 15 years he has given all the profits from his writing and lecturing to charity.

Based on more than 200 interviews with key aides, allies and insiders, his latest book, co-authored with Raymond Newell – Johnson at 10: The Inside Story – gives the first full account of Johnson’s premiership, the shockwaves of which are still felt today.

Excellent… first class… both fair and damning  – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

From the heady, hubris-filled days of July 2019 to the nerve-shredding collapse in confidence just three years later, this is the authoritative account of the most turbulent time in British politics in almost a century.  – James Pulford, Atlantic Books

Chosen as a non-fiction highlight of 2023 in The Times and the Observer


Jul 14 2023


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