Books

  • Conservative Leaders

    Biteback 2015

    Too Nice To Be A Tory - It's My Party & I'll Cry If I Want To

    Jo-Anne Nadler is one of the specialist political writers contributing to this scholarly review of Conservative Party leaders from Baldwin to Cameron. With authors and academics including Professor Tim Bale, Matthew d’Acona and Anthony Seldon this project will use objective criteria as a basis for examining and comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of a century of leaders facing different constraints and historical challenges.

  • Too Nice To Be A Tory - It's My Party & I'll Cry If I Want To

    Simon & Schuster 2004

    Too Nice To Be A Tory - It's My Party & I'll Cry If I Want To

    Jo-Anne Nadler is a professional, sophisticated urban career woman. And a Conservative. In recent years her affiliation has come to feel more like an affliction - one of educated society's remaining taboos. Why? her liberal friends ask her. Why does she persist in thinking the Conservative Party is the way forward?

    Fearlessly delving back through her own history of Young Conservative balls, bedroom posters of Mrs Thatcher and a career which has taken her from party activist to party worker to professional party observer, Jo-Anne Nadler explores both her own political awakening and the seeming political somnolence of the post-Thatcher party.

    Reviews
    • "Witty and penetrating, Jo-Anne Nadler's book makes painful reading for Tories"
      Michael Portillo
    • "A frank account of a critical juncture from a privileged viewpoint. Unusually free from malice Jo-Anne Nadler's testimony will form part of history's verdict on what may be the death, or could prove the rebirth, of the Conservative Party."
      Mathew Parris
    • "A masterly survey of this epic period. The only mystery is: when is Jo-Anne Nadler going to become a Tory MP?"
      Boris Johnson
    • "There are witty pen portraits of Tory figures, entertaining anecdotes, and thoughtful consideration of why the Tories might have become unpopular."
      Sunday Times
    • "This excellent book is the first in a long while to have kept me reading on into irresponsible hours of the morning. It is a lively, entertaining, informative and fascinating account of Conservative politics since 1979."
      Ann Widdecombe, New Statesman
    • "Has the party changed or have I? She asks. This book chronicles her witty and often incisive search for answers."
      Daily Mail
    • "Charming and affectionate memoir of life behind the scenes at the top of the Party..."
      Daily Express
    • "Jo-Anne Nadler was able to rise above the unattractive skin of some Tories. This detachment makes her rather good at skewering the reasons why Tories are so disliked ...Again and again she shines a powerful light on the division between alluring Tory measures and distinctly un-alluring Tory men".
      Sunday Telegraph
    • "Nadler comes across as a warm and witty woman."
      Mary Ann Sieghart, The Times
    • "Huge fun. Jo-Anne Nadler's memoir zips thought he last twenty five years of Tory history from a refreshingly different angle - a highly informed and intelligent insight."
      Michael Crick
    • "I am reading Jo-Anne Nadler's "Too Nice to be a Tory". It's a really funny account of the past 25 years in her life, as she progresses from archetypal Young Conservative to grown-up girl about town."
      Conservative Future
  • William Hague - In His Own Right

    Methuen Publishing 2000

    William Hague - In His Own Right

    The only biography of the former Tory leader was published in 2000 when William Hague was three years into leadership and the book was serialised in the Mail on Sunday.

    William Hague agreed to cooperate with Jo-Anne Nadler when she proposed the project, but it is not an official biography and is an objective and revealing study.

    From ultimate 'Tory Boy' to Tory leader, William Hague: In his own Right, reveals the full story of a real political animal as well as chronicling the first, difficult years for the Conservative Party adjusting to opposition.

    Reviews
    • "The best service in representing the real Mr. Hague has been done not by his spin doctors and advisers but by Jo-Anne Nadler. Certainly no hagiography her picture paints a picture of the guy I knew before the 1997 election, but now capable of the ruthlessness displayed when he dismissed Lord Cranbourne from the shadow cabinet."
      Michael Brown, The Independent
    • "His illuminating biographer, Jo-Anne Nadler, tells us as early as page 9 that an Oxford chum advised Hague he should forget about the leadership and "fuck his brains out for the next few years"."
      James Fenton, The Guardian