Reviews

  • Draws on his experience of four controversial institutions - the Tory party, the Vatican, the Chinese government and the BBC - to swell the tiny list of intelligent and cultured memoirs by front-line politicians

    Mark Lawson, New Statesman, Books of the Year
  • A defence of liberal conservatism ... If old-style centrism is to stage a comeback and reason to supplant stridency and authoritarianism, be it in west or east, the moderates can wave Patten's book on their way to their barricades

    Jonathan Fenby, Financial Times
  • Engagingly frank, beefily pugnacious ... ... he writes stirringly

    John Preston, Sunday Telegraph
  • Vivid, very well-written, First Confession joins the highest tier of recent works by British politicians

    Paschal Donohoe, Irish Times