Reflections (Volume II)

Peter Hennessy and Robert Shepherd

‘Takes the reader inside the heads of some of the towering politicians of our age. Compelling stuff.’ 
Robert Peston

‘The art of the interview is to caress, coax and cajole your subject into revealing more about themselves than they ever planned to. Peter Hennessy does just that with verve and panache’ 
Nick Robinson


This second volume of Reflections consists of all the conversations from three more series of the BBC Radio 4 programme of the same name, produced by Robert Shepherd. In these newly published interviews, the historian Peter Hennessy meets twelve political heavyweights who have shaped Britain over the last twenty years.

Hennessy brings his characteristic style to every encounter – from one of our longest serving Prime Ministers to three of the Conservative leaders who opposed him, and from dominant figures of the Thatcher years to New Labour Cabinet stalwarts and Liberal Democrat leaders. The interviews serve not only as frank assessments of political careers, but also as interim biographies spiced with insight and revelation. Interviewees include Tony Blair, Paddy Ashdown, Michael Heseltine, Vince Cable, Margaret Hodge, Kenneth Baker, William Hague, Harriet Harman, Michael Howard, Sayeeda Warsi, David Blunkett, Iain Duncan Smith.

PETER HENNESSY won the Duff Cooper Prize for his Never Again: Britain 1945-51 and is the bestselling author of The Prime Minister, he is the series editor of the Haus Curiosities series. He was made an independent crossbench life peer in 2010.

ROBERT SHEPHERD is a radio and television producer based in London. He is the author of Westminster: A Biography.

Also by these authors, Volume I and The Complete Reflections.


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