Biteback acquires Peter Hain memoir

Biteback acquires Peter Hain memoir

Biteback has bought the memoir of former Northern Ireland secretary of state and anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain.

Managing director Iain Dale bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Guam and South Africa) from Caroline Michel at PFD. Published in January 2012, Outside In charts Hain's political career.

An anti-apartheid campaigner from the 1960s to the 1980s, following in the footsteps of his parents who were briefly jailed for their campaigning, Hain was later sent a letter bomb that failed to explode and also framed on a bank theft charge.

He later joined the Labour Party, serving under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in the Foreign Office, Europe and Wales. As secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Hain helped broker the devolution of power to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007.

Dale said: "We are thrilled to be publishing Peter's story. Far from the dusty compendia of life in the Westminster Village you sometimes get from the memoirs of former ministers, Outside In is the story of a courageous, campaigning life."

Hain said: "As a boy living under apartheid and then as a protest leader exiled in Britain, I never imagined becoming an MP, let alone a cabinet minister. This is my story of an outsider turned insider, of trying to combine my values with the pragmatic necessities of government and frontline politics."