Kind of Blue

  • by Ken Clarke
  • Narrated by Ken Clarke
  • 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ken Clarke needs no introduction. One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, during his 46 years as the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire he has been at the very heart of government under three prime ministers. He is a political obsessive with a personal hinterland, as well known as a Tory Wet with Europhile views as for his love of cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz.
In Kind of Blue, Clarke charts his remarkable progress from working-class scholarship boy in Nottinghamshire to high political office and the upper echelons of both his party and of government. But Clarke is not a straightforward Conservative politician. His position on the left of the party, often led Margaret Thatcher to question his true blue credentials and his passionate commitment to the European project, has led many fellow Conservatives to regard him with suspicion - and cost him the leadership on no less than three occasions.
Clarke has had a ringside seat in British politics for four decades, and his trenchant observations and candid account of life both in and out of government will enthrall listeners of all political persuasions. Vivid, witty and forthright, and taking its title not only from his politics but from his beloved Miles Davis, Kind of Blue is political memoir at its very best.

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True Blue

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have! Ken Clarke's narration adds to the insight of his experiences across many years in parliament. Although I don't always agree with him politically, I felt a better understanding of the reasoning behind some decisions. Brexit makes this even more relevant.


What did you like best about this story?

How different ministries work and the trade unions associated with them. How politics and politicians roles have changed, also the rise of the right/media changes.


What does Ken Clarke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I like his voice, but also he's able to stress things that's made it seem more personal. I can understand why he'd make a good companion.


Any additional comments?

Puts context into the actions of some post Brexit and yet despite it being a book about government in the main, I found it a very easy and enjoyable listen.

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- Ms Del

A great listen

An excellent listen, full of interesting anecdotes. I'd have liked more analysis of 1997-2010. His aloofness is one of his best features, and no doubt helps explain his longevity in politics, but more thorough description of the events of the time would have been interesting.
All the same, a joy to listen to.
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- Craig J

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio