Reviews

  • "In a year rich in political memoirs,<b> </b><i>Speaking Out</i> by Ed Balls is my pick of the bunch, full of anecdote, insight and authenticity’"

    Evening Standard, BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "Self-deprecating . . . often poignant."

    Sunday Times Culture Magazine, BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "An engaging, highly readable and on occasion moving portrayal of life in the Westminster madhouse."

    The i, BEST POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • "[U]nusually expansive on the emotional aspects of politicians’ relationship with the voters, it feels somehow timely."

    Guardian, BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "A Christmas cracker of a book"

    Tablet, BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "<i>Speaking Out</i> is an enjoyable read... the essays stand alone as little gems of insight and reflection. The book illuminates someone who makes generous and nuanced judgements of foes as well as friends and tries hard to understand the motives of people who have crossed him. Passionate and telling... Balls is very clear that his defeat in his constituency in 2015 was a prelude to a funeral and a life outside politics. I suspect that the funeral was a prelude to a resurrection. This book will help him rise from the dead."

    New Statesman
  • "Intriguing... compelling and affecting... has the poignant ring of truth."

    Guardian
  • "Personal and moving... I enjoyed reading it. It's pretty candid, full of amusing anecdotes and makes for a breezy canter through the last 20 years of British politics... original and effective."

    Daily Mail
  • "A thoughtful memoir, sometimes self-deprecating... always rational and balanced."

    Observer
  • "Amusing, insightful and self-deprecating."

    The Times
  • "Balls tells his story with warmth, and spares us the self-justification of many political memoirs."

    Sunday Times