H&S to publish Brexit 'inside story' by Cameron's comms director

H&S to publish Brexit 'inside story' by Cameron's comms director

Hodder & Stoughton is publishing a book on the "inside story" of the EU referendum authored by Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s communications director, this autumn.

Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of the EU Referendum is based on detailed notes that tell the story of every key moment from the decision to call a referendum, to the subsequent civil war in the Conservative Party and the aftermath of the shock result.

Oliver was "in the room at every key moment during the EU referendum campaign", according to Hodder, interacting with key players David Cameron, George Osborne, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Theresa May, alongside international leaders Barack Obama and Angela Merkel.

Hodder pre-empted world volume rights including serial from Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown. 

Hodder non-fiction publisher Rupert Lancaster said: "This is raw history at its very best. We’re delighted to be publishing such an important book, packed with detail, colour and anecdotes about being at the centre of what many have called the most serious political event to happen in the UK since World War Two."

Oliver said: "So many people have asked me what really went on behind closed doors during the campaign. It was the most extraordinary, exciting, exhausting time for all of us. I believe that by telling the inside story I can help everyone understand better what happened and why."

Meanwhile the Daily Mail speculated over the weekend that the former prime minister was planning to spend his first year after Downing Street penning his own memoirs. Cameron's aim, according to the Mail, is to top the £4.6m advance reportedly paid for Tony Blair's book A Journey (Arrow).