Jeremy Paxman knows every maneouvre a politician will make to avoid answering a difficult question, but in The Political Animal he seeks an answer to just one: What makes politicians tick?
Embarking on a journey in which he encounters movers and shakers past and present, he discovers:
that Prime Ministers have often lost a parent in childhood
why Trollope is the politician's novelist of choice
that Lloyd George once hunted Jack the Ripper
how an Admiral's speech in parliament helped win WWII
Where do politicians come from? How do they get elected? What do they do all day? And why do they seek power? All these questions and many more are addressed in Paxman's thrilling dissection of that strange and elusive breed - the political animal.
'Lively, persuasive, excellent. Boisterous and funny, provocative and punchily written... an intelligent romp' Matthew Parris, Spectator
'Entertaining, informative, incisive and insightful' Andrew Rawnsley Observer
'One of the best primers on the vicissitudes of political life I have read Christopher Silvester, Sunday Times
Jeremy Paxman is a journalist, best known for his work presenting Newsnight and University Challenge. His books include Empire, On Royalty, The English and The Political Animal. He lives in Oxfordshire.
Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge. He is an award-winning journalist who spent ten years reporting from overseas, notably for Panorama. He is the author of five books including The English. He is the presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge and has presented BBC documentaries on various subjects including Victorian art and Wilfred Owen.