And goodness, does Swire pay out. Nobody knew she was keeping a diary. Nobody was being discreet as she pushed them to tell her their stories. Her resentment at being close to the centre of the Camerons’ circle, but only an observer at the edge of power, pulses through this book. She has hungered for a recognition she feels she deserved but never had. Now, in a reckless, gossip-fuelled, amusing, sometimes cruel, often heartless account of ten years in politics, she has written her way into everyone’s attention.