Haven't You Heard?: Gossip, Power, and How Politics Really Works

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Blink Publishing, 2019 - Communication - 304 pages
Ever wondered why the indiscretions of some MPs make the front page while others don't? How close journalists really are to politicians? Or how on earth the country is run when the British political system is in such a mess? In Haven't You Heard?, Marie Le Conte looks at the role gossip, whispers and tittle-tattle play in all areas of politics - for the MPs and their advisers, the press who cover them and the civil servants in the middle of it all. From policy rows which aren't about policy at all and boozy nights with dramatic consequences, to people spinning their way to the top and dark secrets never seeing the light of day, Marie explores in great and entertaining detail the human side of the people running the country against a backdrop of political mayhem.

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About the author (2019)

Marie Le Conte is a French-Moroccan political journalist based in London. She grew up in Nantes then moved to the UK to study journalism at the University of Westminster. After graduating, Marie worked at a range of publications, including the Evening Standard as a political diarist and BuzzFeed News as media and politics correspondent, where she broke stories including Nigel Farage's meeting with Julian Assange, and Vote Leave's donations to Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes.

Since leaving BuzzFeed in 2017, she has written for the New Statesman, Prospect, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and others, and has appeared on the Today programme, Newsnight, BBC News, Daily Politics, and many others. Her reporting has been cited in the House of Lords, and she was named one of ForbesEurope's 30 Under 30 in 2018.

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