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Memoirs of a Minor Public Figure by Des Wilson

Memoirs of a Minor Public Figure


Memoirs of a Minor Public Figure by Des Wilson

Des Wilson's career achievements include: The founding of the influential homeless charity Shelter; receiving the 1989 ITN award as 'environmentalist of the decade'; being a member of the English Cricket Board. As well as being the author of 15 books and a journalist, public speaker, and radio and television personality, he found time to actively engage in two life-long interests, in his younger years to play cricket, and in later years to play poker. Des Wilson's compelling memoirs, published to coincide with his 70th birthday in March 2011, will fascinate those who remember his many dynamic campaigns for social justice. They should also excite and inspire a younger generation who will discover, by reading one man's story, just how much ordinary citizens can achieve if they decide to fight political dereliction, bureaucratic bullying, and corporate greed. The philosophies and practical strategies that helped change Britain are just as relevant today. So is his revealing account - as one of its 'founders' - of how the Liberal Democrats came about and how the party has developed. His intriguing history of that party and his discussion of the emergence of a coalition will enliven the current political debate.


'When the history of post-war Britain comes to be written, its chroniclers will from the early Sixties be able to trace the growth of a new phenomenon - the single issue pressure group specially designed to topple one or other of the Whitehall orthodoxies...and for the past 20 years there has been no doubt about the number one. He is called Des Wilson.' --Peter Hennessy, Independent

'Every country needs a Des Wilson...a countervailing forceA against the law's delays, the insolence of office, and now the greedy arrogance of the trans-national corporations who casually wreck the financial system, pollute the oceans and degrade the culture.' --Sir Harold Evans, from his Foreword'

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Publication date

1st March 2011


Des Wilson

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Quartet Books


428 pages





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