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Coming soon: Liz Truss’s book

First it was Nadine Dorries, then it was Theresa May. Now Liz Truss has become the latest female Tory MP to announce that they’re writing a book. Britain’s shortest-serving premier has today revealed details of her forthcoming work, titled Ten Years to Save the West. It is set be published next April by Biteback in the UK and Regnery in America, offering the ex-PM the chance to do a Thatcher and speak on both sides of the Atlantic. The book promises to be ‘a timely warning about the perils facing conservatism in the years ahead’. Well, she ought to know…

According to the press release:

In it, Truss will warn that too many of her fellow conservatives have allowed themselves to be captured by the left-wing influences that set the agenda and frame the debate in so many institutions from the media to academia and the corporate world. She will also call for a return to the alliances built by leaders such as Reagan, Thatcher and others in another era when Western values were under siege.

It also promises to be ‘peppered with newsworthy anecdotes from her time in public life – such as her memorable last meeting with Queen Elizabeth II’ and ‘her dismay at the political class’s attempts to betray Brexit’. Will she be naming names in Whitehall and elsewhere?

Alongside the press release, Truss has done a big interview in today’s Mail on Sunday in which she is asked whether Lady Thatcher would have supported Rishi Sunak’s brand of conservatism. ‘There is a long pause’ reports the paper ‘before Ms Truss says: “That’s not really the question I’m trying to answer in this book.”‘ Ouch.

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