Chance Witness: An Outsider's Life in Politics

Chance Witness: An Outsider's Life in Politics

by Matthew Parris (Author)


A frank autobiography by "The Times" columnist and ex-politican Matthew Parris. His childhood was spent on a variety of different countries as his engineer father moved jobs; Rhodesia, Cyprus, the Middle East and Jamaica. After Cambridge and Yale, he joined the Conservative central office at roughly the same time (aged 26) he discovered he was gay. He worked for Michael Dobbs, Chris Patten, and Mrs Thatcher (who famously fired him), before entering parliament himself. Part participant, part bystander, Matthew Parris describes what it was like to be so close to the centre and remain an outsider.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Edition: First Edition, First Impression
Publisher: Viking
Published: 04 Oct 2002

ISBN 10: 0670894400
ISBN 13: 9780670894406
Prizes: Shortlisted for Saga Award for Wit 2003 and Orwell Prize 2003.

Author Bio
Matthew Parris was born in Johannesburg in 1949. For seven years a Conservative MP, he quit to present LWT's Weekend World, after which he became a regular parliamentary sketchwriter for The Times. His books include READ MY LIPS and SCORN WITH ADDED VITRIOL (both available in Penguin), and INCA-KOLA, about his travels in Peru. He has also made a number of television documentaries, including most recently an account of his sojourn on a remote sub-Antartic island.