Andrew Kaighin

Andrew Kaighin reviews 'Jeff: The rise and fall of a political phenomenon' by Tony Parkinson

October 2000, no. 225 01 October 2000
Andrew Kaighin reviews 'Jeff: The rise and fall of a political phenomenon' by Tony Parkinson
Political biographies are renowned as being notoriously difficult to write. Given the peculiar role of authorisation this is not surprising. The ‘authorisation’ – the act of writing – of a political biography is diminished and crowded out by a subject who not only defines the work’s content, but can literally refuse to authorise the text. In this context, Tony Parkinson’s biography of ... (read more)