John Bercow book tour and publicity plans revealed

John Bercow book tour and publicity plans revealed

John Bercow’s autobiography will be promoted with a "massive" publicity campaign including bookshop events alongside extensive print and broadcasting interviews, Orion says.

Unspeakable, the controversial ex-Speaker’s memoir, is published on 6th February by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in hardback, e-book and an audio edition read by the man himself.

The book features Bercow’s verdict on prominent figures including Tony Blair, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. Orion said: "He explains the ways in which he has sought to democratise the business of Parliament, using the Speakership to champion the rights of backbench MPs, and hold the government to account."

The publicity campaign kicks off with a serialisation in the Guardian Review supplement and a sold-out Guardian Live event chaired by Owen Jones at the 900-seat Cadogan Hall.

The first broadcast interview with the former Speaker about his long-anticipated memoir will be with Jon Snow for "Channel 4 News", followed by "The One Show" and "Sky News". 

Further key interviews include "Lorraine" on ITV, Channel 4’s "The Last Leg" alongside discussions with James O’Brien on LBC and "Broadcasting House" on BBC Radio 4. He will also feature on podcasts such as "Remainiacs" and "Ways to Change the World" with Krishnan Guru Murthy.

The first print interview will run in the Sunday Times Magazine and takes the prime spot on the front cover of the magazine. Further interviews in the TelegraphMetro and the i newspaper will follow.

Bercow will also tour stores including a sold-out event at Waterstones’ Bristol shop on 10th February, Toppings Bath on 11th February, Toppings Ely on 14th February, Blackwells in Oxford and Cambridge on 13th and 14th February and a special event in association with Aye Write on 19th February.