As Britain experiences another confusing chapter in the Brexit farce, David Cameron’s For the Record struggles to attract readers’ attention. Clocking in at an absolutely massive 752 pages, Cameron’s memoir promises a candid look at his time in parliament. It arrives in bookstores at a particularly inopportune moment in British politics, with Brexit dominating the news cycle for the past month or so. Preorder sales have been…less than stellar for For the Record.
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Cameron’s memoir languished low on the charts all of last week. In some sense, who can blame readers for not jumping at the opportunity shell out for such a hefty tome? The book was slated for publication last year, but Cameron’s publishers insisted on cutting nearly 100,000 words. But nearly 752 pages (even after the cut!) is quite the commitment for any reader. Still, for politics junkies, perhaps a book based on nearly 53 hours of recorded meetings Cameron held with Daniel Finkelstein (a conservative Times columnist) is well worth it.
HarperCollins, Cameron’s publisher, purchased to For the Recordthe rights for nearly £800,00, so the book’s lackluster preorder figures are causing quite a bit of stress for them. Now they’re relying on the former prime minister’s name to drive attention to the memoir. Though, given how events since 2016 have unfolded in the UK, perhaps the fact that Cameron’s name was on the book doomed it from the start. Comparisons made to Tony Blair’s memoir, A Journey: My Political Life, about his time as prime minister don’t bode well for Cameron either. Blair’s book broke sales record when it first hit shelves, but the initial preorder figures for For the Record have been abysmal, ranking as low as 335th last Thursday on Amazon charts.
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The memoir features Cameron’s opinions on Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and the now-infamous 2016 European referendum that ultimately ended his tenure as Prime Minister. He suggests Johnson didn’t really believe in Brexit and merely supported it to further his political career without thinking it would ever succeed. Cameron’s inside perspective is interesting in light of the fact that Johnson currently finds himself at Downing Street in large part because of he championed the leave movement.
For The Record releases this Thursday, September 19. So help out ya boy Dave and pick up a copy. Please, he’s begging you, like actually.
For those of you who don’t keep up with British politics, Boris Johnson is one of the key figures within the Brexit movement. The process of the UK withdrawing from the European Union has been a messy one to put it lightly. Apparently, it’s gotten so messy that Johnson is unable to finish his upcoming Shakespeare book.
“Boris Johnson explains Shakespeare’s genius in a simple and readable way; in a way that gets to grips with what is really going on, what the characters are up to, what the point of it all is; and in a way that sets the man simply and intelligibly in the context of his time.”
Originally set for release in 2016, the publisher had to delay the book indefinitely once Johnson got involved in all of the Brexit nonsense. Rumors circulated that Johnson hadn’t written a single word. But today, the publisher confirmed that the book will be released in 2020.
Even with the new release date, the book is still creating headaches for Johnson. According to Daily Mail UK, Johnson needs to pay back his $500,000 advance for the book due to the lengthy delay.
Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson of the cable production company Color Force, creators of such shows as American Crime Story/Pose, have optioned the book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland to develop as a limited series for FX. Simpson and Jacobson will serve as executive producers for the upcoming series, along with the book’s author Patrick Radden Keefe.
Say Nothing tells a true story about Northern Ireland during the Troubles, centering on the devastating killing of a thirty-eight year old mother Jean McConville. In 1972, McConville was dragged from her home by masked intruders. Rumored to be a British informant, she was never seen again…until 2003, when her remains were discovered on a beach. Keefe uses the murder of McConville to discuss Northern Ireland’s society at a time, painting a devastating picture of a society wracked by violence and guerrilla warfare.
The producers are excited about the project, saying the book works as both a crime thriller while also focussing on human drama. It remains relevant today, as fears grow of a resurgence of violence in Northern Ireland due to the impending Brexit.
All in all, this sounds like the perfect show to get excited for on FX. In the meantime, grab yourself a copy of Keefe’s book and read up before the show premieres!