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You Can’t Say That

Ken Livingstone

The turbulent true story from one of Britain’s foremost politicians on over 40 years battling at the front line of social issues, as well as the Blair and Thatcher governments.

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A frank, gripping and moving – and controversial – autobiography from one of the most idiosyncratic and effective politicians of the last fifty years. His political convictions, his distance from New Labour, and his direct, plain-speaking style and personality have allowed him to survive longer than any of his contemporaries as a man of principle and influence.

From his eccentric South London working class childhood to running one of the biggest cities in the world, Livingstone is one of the very few politicians to have scored a major victory over the Thatcher Government and has championed issues as diverse as the environment, gay rights and anti-racism.

Written in Livingstone’s unmistakable voice, by turns angrily sincere about social justice, wickedly droll and gossipy, and surprisingly wistful about people he has known and loved, this is a hugely important and remarkable book from one of the very few respected politicians at work today.


Ken Livingstone is an English politician who Mayor of London from 2000 to 2008. His memoir, You Can’t Say That, was published by Faber in 2011.

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