Sunday 31 January 2021

Book Update

It's rare for the blog to go a couple of days without passing comment. And so I feel duty bound to explain myself.

As readers may or may not know I've been writing a book about your friends and mine, the Conservative Party. This time last year it existed as a series of fragmentary notes, a plan, and a badly written and unstructured couple of chapters reviewing literature on the Tories and setting out the thesis. I.e. The Tories are in long-term decline and the recent uptick in the party's electoral fortunes, counterintuitively, are symptomatic of this process.

A year on the book has been and visited the editors and the second edit is now almost complete. What remains to be done are the following,

1. Redoing the conclusion (the first draft was a series of bullet points and notes).

2. Put together a post script on the Tory handling of the Coronavirus pandemic.

3. Go back and renovate the introduction for the third time. Got to make sure everything lines up properly.

4. Return to bits and pieces of the book. Have been umming and ahhing about a couple of tables. I know political scientists like them but this is a work of militant political science!

Deadline is Wednesday evening and still have busy day job to deal with, but it is entirely doable and the date will be met. It does mean some blogging might be sacrificed, as it has for the last fortnight. So I guess this is a roundabout way of asking for further forebearance as the beastie undergoes a few more days of assembly.

As for writing the book itself, it's been an interesting process. I plan doing a writing on writing piece later in the year. Creativity is bound up with ideologies and illusios of talent and singular specialism, and socialist writers should do their best to prick its bubble and demystify the lot.

And at the risk of starting a cheeky/tedious trend of my always banging on about the book, provided we're not smited down nor the EU demands the diversion of pulp supplies to the continent publication is this September in time for party conference season. Its working name is Falling Down, but this might change. A word of warning, having got this almost out the way I might have acquired a taste for book writing ...

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Anonymous said...

Looking forward to it. I am sure it will be a worthwhile read.


Fancy Bear said...

I liked your post on militant polsci, how exactly is this book going to conform to that agenda?

Richard said...

I'm sure the book will be great and you already have committed purchasers.

I'd been wondering why we had not had the benefit of your thoughts on Peace and Justice, the project that avoids the word 'socialism'.

Jenny said...

Applause! Will buy a copy - but not from Amazon.

mikenotts said...

I've been looking forward to reading this since you first mentioned it as a work in progress. Reading your columns has been a political education for me (a late one, I'm retired - wonderful to start reading e.g. Gramsci for the first time, at my age) and the promised conclusion of the book - tory long-term decline - will be tremendously heartening, even though it'll probably be too late for me to see personally. Does you publisher have one of those preorder deals setup?

Phil said...

You'll have to wait and see, Fancy bear!

And why I haven't written more on P&J? I was busy when the conference was one and haven't had the time to catch up!

Phil said...

I'll find out for you Mike - I'll be having a natter with the editor this week.

Unknown said...

If this is Tory decline perhaps we could define success. Johnson's government persistently polls 40% and above. Boundary changes and Scotland confer an almost impregnable position on Tory incumbency. Meanwhile Labour's mass membership, youthful, diverse and educated, has defaulted to the natural party of opposition. Gentocracy rules the day.

Anonymous said...

Tory support is holding up because of the baked-in support of the large majority of (often racist) boomers. What happens when they start dying off in big numbers?