Speaking Out
Ed Balls

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Narrated By: Ed Balls

Duration: 11 hours and 52 minutes

What to expect

'Witty, reflective and engaging' Nick Robinson

'Honest and revealing' Michael Palin

'Fascinating, heartfelt' Kay Burley

'Insightful, funny, unexpectedly moving' Jonathan Freedland

On the night of 7 May 2015, Ed Balls thought there was a chance he would wake up the next morning as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer. Instead, he woke up without a job.

Twenty-one years earlier he had left a promising career in journalism to work for Labour in opposition. Moving through the ranks, from adviser to Cabinet minister and on to Shadow Chancellor, he occupied a central and influential position in and out of power during a pivotal period in British history.

Speaking Out is a record of a life in politics, but also much more. It is about how power can be used for good, and the lessons to be learned when things go wrong. It is about the mechanics of Westminster, and of government. It is about facing up to your fears and misgivings, and tackling your limitations – on stages public and private.

It is about the mistakes made, change delivered and personalities encountered over the course of two decades at the frontline of British politics. It is a unique window into a rarely seen world. Most importantly, it sets out what politics is about, and why it matters.

Genre

Autobiography: historical, political & military, Political parties

Listen to a sample

A Christmas cracker of a book

Tablet, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

[U]nusually expansive on the emotional aspects of politicians’ relationship with the voters, it feels somehow timely.

Guardian, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Self-deprecating . . . often poignant.

Sunday Times Culture Magazine, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

An engaging, highly readable and on occasion moving portrayal of life in the Westminster madhouse.

The i, BEST POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR

In a year rich in political memoirs, Speaking Out by Ed Balls is my pick of the bunch, full of anecdote, insight and authenticity’