Ed Balls autobiography coming this September

Ed Balls autobiography coming this September

Hutchinson has acquired former shadow chancellor Ed Balls' autobiography. 

Editorial director Tom Avery acquired UK and Commonwealth rights at auction to Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics by Ed Balls from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown.

Speaking Out is said to be about "a politician who thought he might become the country’s next chancellor on the night of 7th May 2015, but who woke up the next morning without a job". It is about "a 27-year-old idealist who came into politics thinking he knew everything, and found out the hard way how much he had to discover".

The book will explore the mechanics of Westminster, and of government and talk about "the mistakes made, change delivered and personalities encountered over the course of two decades at the frontline of British politics".

"It is a unique window into a rarely seen world," Hutchinson said. "It sets out what politics is about, and why it matters."

Avery said: "Speaking Out is a brave and revelatory account by an influential thinker and an extraordinary politician. It is a project that is unique in its candour, eloquence and range: a reckoning, a record of a remarkable career, and a rallying cry. It is a work of real importance, and one that we are enormously proud to be publishing at Hutchinson."

Speaking Out will be published in hardback and e-book on 8th September 2016 by Hutchinson Books, and in paperback in 2017 by Arrow Books. An audio edition will also be available.

Balls is a senior fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center, visiting professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London, and chairman of Norwich City FC, as well as a dad, cook, pianist and economist.