Surprise announcement from William Collins of Jeremy Corbyn biography by Tom Bower: 'hidden truths' revealed
Tom Bower’s latest biography - Dangerous Hero: Corbyn's Ruthless Plot for Power - will be published next month. Arabella Pike, publishing director for William Collins, negotiated the deal for UK and Commonwealth rights with Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown; the book is out on 21 February.
Corbyn is the latest in a long line of high-profile figures who have come under the scrutiny of the investigative journalist. Previous subjects have included Richard Branson, Tiny Rowland, Robert Maxwell, Conrad Black, Bernie Ecclestone, Mohamed Fayed, Geoffrey Robinson, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Prince Charles.
According to the acquisition statement: 'After four decades in politics, Jeremy Corbyn stands on the brink of power. Until his surprise election as Labour leader in 2015, he had not been a major political player. Since then, he has survived coup attempts, accusations of incompetence, charges of anti-Semitism, bullying and not being the master of his brief.
'Despite these shortcomings, and if the Conservatives successfully rip themselves apart over Europe, he is likely soon to become Britain's prime minister. Yet this hero of the far left, with his repeatedly stated commitment to improve the lives of the impoverished, fight injustice, champion equality and destroy greed, has done his best to conceal much of his past and personal life from public scrutiny.
'In Dangerous Hero investigative biographer Tom Bower will reveal the hidden truths about Corbyn's character, the causes and organisations he espouses, and Britain's likely fate under the Marxist-Trotskyist society he has championed since the early 70s. Based on eyewitness accounts from those who have known Corbyn throughout his life, Bower will ask whether a Labour government led by Corbyn would deliver a glowing new era or catastrophe?'
Pike said: "Tom Bower’s new book is incredibly timely. At this time of political meltdown, Britain needs to know more about the leader of the Opposition and Dangerous Hero provides the information. We could not be more excited to be publishing this explosive and important book in February. It is sure to make headlines."
Bower said: "If the Tories rip themselves apart over Europe, Jeremy Corbyn will step into Downing Street as Britain’s saviour. Since he has successfully concealed much about his life, I decided to find out the truth about Britain’s next prime minister. My discoveries will surprise his friends and alarm his foes."