Matthew d’Ancona is a British journalist and award-winning political columnist who writes a weekly column for the Guardian. He was Deputy Editor The Sunday Telegraph before becoming editor of The Spectator in 2006. During his editorship, the magazine enjoyed record circulation and he was named Editor of the Year (Current Affairs) in the 2007 BSME awards.
He was the Sunday Telegraph’s political columnist for 19 years. He also writes for the Evening Standard, International New York Times and GQ. He is a visiting research fellow at Queen Mary University of London, and the author of several books including In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition.
He wrote Being British: The Search for the Values That Bind the Nation, which was published in 2009 with an introduction by Gordon Brown. His earlier works include the international bestseller The Jesus Papyrus in 1997 and The Quest For the True Cross in 2000.
POST TRUTH: THE NEW WAR ON TRUTH AND HOW TO FIGHT BACK — Buy it here
Welcome to the Post-Truth era― a time in which the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. The Brexit vote; Donald Trump’s victory; the rejection of climate change science; the vilification of immigrants; all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. So what does it all mean and how can we champion truth in in a time of lies and ‘alternative facts’?
In this eye-opening and timely book, Post-Truth is distinguished from a long tradition of political lies, exaggeration and spin. What is new is not the mendacity of politicians but the public’s response to it and the ability of new technologies and social media to manipulate, polarise and entrench opinion. Where trust has evaporated, conspiracy theories thrive, the authority of the media wilt and emotions matter more than facts .
Now, one of the UK’s most respected political journalists, Matthew d’Ancona investigates how we got here, why quiet resignation is not an option and how we can and must fight back.
PUBLICATION DATE: 11 May 2017
BEING BRITISH:THE SEARCH FOR THE VALUES THAT BIND THE NATION – buy it here.
What does being British actually mean today? Depending on your age, it can conjure up imagery of the Battle of Waterloo, Queen Victoria’s Empire, the British Lions rugby team or that famous Union Jack dress Geri Halliwell wore at the Brit Awards. In the twenty-first century, Britain – like many Western countries – enjoys a diverse racial mix. Therefore, as with the USA, we need to explore the values and cultural reference points around us to fully understand what it now means to be a British citizen.
Twenty contributions written by well-known individuals representing a cross section of Britain’s cultural landscape attempt to offer an insight into, or snapshot of, how Britons today see themselves and their place in the world. Their thoughts will highlight just how divergent our society is and where its strengths and weaknesses lie.
All these views are championed by two unlikely collaborators – Spectator editor Matthew d’Ancona and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Often politically opposed, they share a passionate interest in exploring what is meant by being British. This unique book will enlighten, inspire and stir up many debates but ultimately it will provide a path for any reader wanting to understand just what it is to be British in the new millennium.
PUBLISHER: Mainstream Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: 7th May 2009
IN IT TOGETHER: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT – Buy it here
Andrew Rawnsley told the inside story of new labour in The End of the Party, and now renowned political journalist Matt d’Ancona cuts right to the heart of the Lib Dem/Tory struggle in In It Together.
With exclusive, unprecedented access to all the major senior figures, from David Cameron, George Osborne, Boris Johnson and Nick Clegg, he tells the truth behind key relationships, the U-turns, the dramatic fights and arguments and the warring within the party.
A breathtaking book that takes you into the heart of government, it reveals the truth behind the corridors of Whitehall and Number 10.
Matthew d’Ancona is the award-winning political columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard and GQ. Previously, he was Editor of The Spectator, steering the magazine to record circulation. In 2007, he was named Editor of the Year (Current Affairs) at the BSME Awards. In 2011, he won the award for ‘Commentariat of the Year’, the highest honour at the Comment Awards. He lives in east London.
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 26th June 2014
NOTHING TO FEAR – Buy it here
For Ginny, the new house represents a new start: a room of her own where she can research her book on the psychology of fairytales and recover from a bitter divorce. The last thing she’s looking for is romance.
But her young neighbour breaks down her defences. Sean cooks her delicious meals and rescues her from a drunken attack by her ex-husband. His only eccentricity is the locked room in his house that he forbids her to enter. It can’t contain anything sinister, can it?
Ginny can’t resist finding out. But when she opens the door, she is propelled into a horror story, rather than a fairytale.
‘D’Ancona’s novel will appeal to lovers of suspense. Spine-tingling.’ (Tatler )
‘Nothing to Fear’s deceptively simple premise . . . soon transforms itself into a far from predictable thriller with an intelligent plot and a well-drawn cast of believable characters . . . A near-perfect psychological horror story.’ (Crime Time )
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Using all the expertise and knowledge gleaned from his political journalism, Matthew d’Ancona (Political Journalist of the Year, 2004) delivers a fast-paced thriller which takes the reader through a rollercoaster ride of global politics and personal betrayals. When Cambridge undergraduate Nick falls in love with an American student during a summer holiday in California, he fails to realise the far-reaching consequences this short but passionate affair will have on him. Years later, still haunted by memories and regrets, he continues to receive regular “coded” messages from the other side of the Atlantic. Is this a token of their ancient love, or is his Tabatha playing a much more dangerous game? As Nick is kidnapped by secret-service agents, his personal life spirals even further out of control, and he realizes he is just a pawn in the hands of obscure forces, and his former lover the head of a most dangerous network of anti-global terrorists.
“An exciting and thought-provoking thriller” – The Sunday Telegraph
“Intricate, well-developed, full of twists and turns… The plot is ingenious, the narrative gripping” – Alan Massie, The Scotsman
“Tabatha’s Code is as big a dipper as you’d delight to ride” – The Independent
“Pleasingly twisty… [with] a solid intellectual backbone”- Time Out
“Tabatha’s Code works as a story of ideas. It works as a portrait of a particular type of twenty-first-century man… it works as a memoir of life on the American hippy trail in the old days… the result is readable, relevant and instructive’ The Literary Review ‘A gripping, fast-moving thriller that switches between a surfers’ beach in California and the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan, and between an interrogation suite in Amsterdam and a seedy flat in London, with the panache of a Hollywood blockbuster” – Michael Arditti, The Daily Telegraph
GOING EAST — Buy it here
London can be as pitiless as it is bountiful. No one knows that better than Mia Taylor. From a gilded life of privilege to a shabby alternative health centre in London’s East End in the space of weeks. The violent tragedy that propels Mia east also pitches her unwittingly into a bigger history, a modern legend of migration and change.
Mia’s new life brings her into contact both with a kaleidoscope of characters who inhabit the extraordinary city of London and the burning issues that will mould its future. Politics and racism, corruption and betrayal, poverty and decadence, all smoulder side by side as the capital blazes into the new millennium.
Out of the ashes emerges Mia: a troubled, questing woman who hopes to find herself by going east
PUBLICATION DATE: 26 April 2004