Agents at work

Review of Kathryn Rix, Parties, Agents and Electoral Culture in England 1880–1910 (Boydell Press, 2016)

Fascinating diary entries of a Liberal junior minister in the thick of events

Review of Andrew Thorpe and Richard Toye (eds.), Parliament and Politics in the Age of Asquith and Lloyd George: the Diaries of Cecil Harmsworth, MP, 1909–1922, Camden Fifth Series, Volume 50 (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Margot in wartime

Review of Anne de Courcy, Margot at War: Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912–1916 (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2015)

Jeremy Thorpe and Norman Scott

John Preston, A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment (Viking, 2016)

Asquith’s obsession

Stefan Buczacki, My Darling Mr Asquith: The extraordinary life and times of Venetia Stanley (Cato & Clarke 2016)

Saint or devil?

Ian Cawood and Chris Upton (eds.), Joseph Chamberlain: International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

All prime ministers competently surveyed in a single tome

Dick Leonard, A History of British Prime Ministers (Omnibus Edition): Walpole to Cameron (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Churchill’s attitude to Ireland

Review of Paul Bew, Churchill and Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Alternative to war

Review of Duncan Marlor, Fatal Fortnight: Arthur Ponsonby and the Fight for British Neutrality in 1914 (Frontline Books, 2014)

The straight line deviationist

Review of Dick Taverne, Against the Tide (Biteback Publishing, 2014)

The Pact

Review of Jonathan Kirkup, The Lib–Lab Pact – A Parliamentary Agreement, 1977–78 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Ploughing his own furrow

Review of Norman Baker, Against the Grain (Biteback Publishing, 2015)

Reform and reformers

Review of Michael Thomas and Peter Urbach, Commemorating Reform and Reformers, Volume 1: The Reform Club’s Collection of Ceramic and Other Objects Commemorating Reform and Those who Campaigned for it (Reform Club, 2014)

Press, politics and culture in Victorian Britain

A comparative review of W. Sydney Robinson, Muckraker: The Scandalous Life and Times of W. T. Stead – Britain’s first investigative journalist (Robson Press, 2012); P. Brighton, Original Spin: Downing Street and the Press in Victorian Britain (I.B. Tauris, 2016); and G. Cordery and J. S. Meisel (eds.), The Humours of Parliament: Harry Furniss’ View of Late Victorian Political Culture Ohio State UP, 2014)

Boris’s Winston

Review of Boris Johnson, The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History (Hodder & Stoughton, 2014)

Cornwall: culture, character and campaigns

Review of John Ault, Liberal Democrats in Cornwall – Culture, Character or Campaigns? (Create Space, 2015)

Liberals and Labour

Review of James Owen, Labour and the Caucus: Working-Class Radicalism and Organised Liberalism in England, 1868–1888 (Liverpool University Press, 2014)

Autocrat or cipher?

Review of James Murphy, Ireland’s Czar: Gladstonian Government and the Lord Lieutenancies of the Red Earl Spencer, 1868–86 (University College Dublin Press, 2014)

‘Competition, individualism, responsibility, invention and patents’

Review of Tony Holden, Holden’s Ghosts: The Life and times of Sir Isaac Holden – inventor, woolcomber and radical Liberal MP (Kindle edition, 2015)