House Music: The Oona King Diaries

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A&C Black, Feb 18, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
How does it feel to lose your job in front of ten million people? To ask a Government Whip for time to see your husband? To represent the Secretary of State for Health at a family planning clinic on the day you fail your fifth IVF cycle? To be loved and hated by people who don't even know you? To be the second black woman elected to Parliament? To be a Jewish woman representing a largely Muslim constituency? To be the only MP who likes house music?

A decade is a long time in politics, and in these candid diaries Oona King shows how she has changed since becoming an MP in 1997. From the intense strain on her marriage, to her desperate struggle to have a baby, Oona reveals how she chose to abandon her political ambition in favour of another: to have a life.

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These diaries cover Oona King's whole parliamentary career, from her selection as candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow in 1997 to her ousting by George Galloway in 2005. They are also the story of a ... Read full review


The Triple Sulco and the Road to Socialism
The Garden of Eden and the Hired Guns
The Grim Reaper and the Gold Wand
The Dogs Breakfast and the Twelve Week Scan
The General Anaesthetic and the Queens Speech
The WorstCase Scenario and the Palestinian Ghetto
The Worldwide Conspiracy and the Sunny Uplands
The Remedial Stream and the Emergency Parachute
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Oona King was born in Sheffield and brought up in Camden. She was first elected as an MP for Bethnal Green & Bow in May 1997. She has campaigned on issues including anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, housing, inner-city regeneration and comprehensive education. She lives with her husband in Mile End, London.

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