Isabel Oakeshott

Political journalist and commentator; Political Journalist of the Year 2012


David Cameron: A Biography

Throughout 2014, Isabel will be working on a definitive biography of the prime minister with the Conservative peer Michael Ashcroft. The book is expected to be published after the next general election in summer/autumn 2015.

Lord Ashcroft is a prominent international businessman and philanthropist; a former Treasurer of the Conservative party; and a respected political researcher and pollster.

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

By Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott
Bloomsbury, January 2014

"A devastating indictment of cheap meat and factory demands reading and deserves the widest possible audience." - Joanna Lumley

"Deserves global recognition" - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

"This enviro-shocker is unusually punchy and fast-paced: Lymbery has been well served by the Sunday Times's political editor as co-writer" - Alex Renton, Evening Standard

"Passionate and cannot argue with the book's central contention" - Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times

Our countryside is in peril, as is our food, threatened by the march of American-style mega-farming. From the California haze to the bright lights of Shanghai; South America's rainforests to the beaches of Brittany, this book is one man's journey behind the cages, chemical drums and closed doors of a runaway industry. Philip Lymbery lifts the lid on farming gone bad, discovering global tentacles that affect the food on our plate. He uncovers the human dramas that belie the marketing gloss and the facts they'd rather you didn't know. Through it all, he searches for seeds of hope.

Lymbery is CEO of the international charity Compassion in World Farming. For Isabel, this book began as a ghost writing project and evolved into a full scale collaboration as she became as passionate about the issue as Lymbery himself. The book has now been published in the United States, Canada and South Africa and is being translated into Japanese.

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Inside Out

My story of betrayal and cowardice at the heart of New Labour
By Peter Watt with Isabel Oakeshott
Published by Biteback, 2010

Inside Out is the ultimate insider expose: an unsparing account of the spectacular decline of the most effective political machine of modern times. Ghostwritten by Isabel Oakeshott, it is Peter Watt's account of the dying days of the Blair/Brown regime, offering a unique insight into the deeply flawed personalities that ran the country at the time. Most still play prominent roles in political life, now in the shadow cabinet.

As general secretary of the Labour Party, Watt was at the heart of government during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent political history. He oversaw the transition of the premiership from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown and was intimately involved in two of the biggest political scandals of the Labour administration: 'cash for honours' and 'donorgate', a row over donations through third parties. For the latter, Watt was thrown to the wolves by Brown, his loyalty repaid with a forced resignation and the threat of prison.

During his time as General Secretary, Watt organised the notorious 'election that never was' - the poll Brown famously 'bottled' at the eleventh hour - and ran the party's stricken finances. At one point, Labour was just 12 hours from bankcruptcy, a catastrophe Watt both prevented and managed to keep out of the headlines.

As Labour lurched from crisis to crisis, Watt was also battling to save a marriage cracking under the strain of the job, overcome the sudden death of his father, care for vulnerable foster children, and cope with the emotional roller-coaster of IVF treatment with his wife.

Watt was the first insider to break ranks after Brown entered no10. The book was published while Brown was still clinging on to power. Watt's revelations sentshockwaves through Westminster.

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Inside Out
Inside Out

"A proper old fashioned spilling of the beans. A fantastic example of the genre. Great stuff..hugely entertaining and illuminating."
Iain Martin, Wall St Journal

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