HQ snaps up insider's account from David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff

HQ snaps up insider's account from David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff

HQ has acquired the debut non-fiction book from Kate Fall, David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff, to provide “an insider’s account of life at the heart of Number 10”.

The book chronicles Fall’s time working for Cameron when he was leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. Kate Fox, senior commissioning editor, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Zoe King at AM Heath. HQ will publish The Gatekeeper in Spring 2020 in hardback, e-book and audio download.

The Gatekeeper is a unique look at life at the centre of power, from one of the few women to have operated at its heart, offering ““an insider’s account of life at the heart of Number 10,” HQ said. “It follows 11 years of the Cameron project – from the journey to leadership to life at Number 10 – and the realities of dealing with reshuffles, relationships, routines, political scandals, general elections, births, deaths and the crises in-between. It offers an unprecedented view of how it feels to be at the heart of an administration – and how the day-to- day of government really works.”

Fox said: “Kate Fall is an extraordinary woman. She was one of the most important women in British politics during the Cameron years, and has an unprecedented insight of the realities of campaigning, coalition and government. This isn’t like any political autobiography you’ve read – this is a deeply personal account of what it means to live at the centre of politics.”

Fall said: “After a decade working in the heart of politics, I wrote this book with the hope that it would shed some light on the world behind the public façade. The blood, sweat and toil. The chaos and camaraderie. The friendships and fall outs. The victories and regrets. I want to share with others what it is like behind that famous door of Number 10 and to live your life at the heart of power. There have always been powerful, mostly invisible women at the heart of Number 10. This book will tell how it felt to be one of them.”