Publication Date: 17/03/2022 ISBN: 9780008430559 Category:

Failures of State

Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnott

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 17/03/2022 ISBN: 9780008430559 Category:
Paperback / Softback






‘An astonishing book’ James O’Brien

‘A gripping, devastating read’ Sunday Times

The inside story of the UK’s response to the pandemic from the Insight investigations unit at The Sunday Times

Failures of State recounts the extraordinary political decisions taken at the heart of Boris Johnson’s government during the global pandemic.

Fully updated and corroborated by hundreds of sources, this is the insider’s account of how the government sleepwalked into disaster and tried to cover up its role in the tragedy. Thrillingly told, it exposes one of the most scandalous failures of political leadership in British history.

‘A damning indictment’ Alan Johnson, Observer

‘A devastating piece of journalism’ Andrew Marr

‘This is a scandal’ Piers Morgan

Publisher Review

'An astonishing book that you absolutely have to buy ... the nearest we'll get to an inquiry.' James O'Brien 'Failures of State is a Christmas-at-Argos sized catalogue of the government's errors, page after page filled with its mistakes, misjudgments and even its possibly actionable crimes.' Jonathan Freedland, Guardian 'This book is superb. Painful but necessary reading.' Rachel Clarke 'A masterpiece. This is one of the most important books of our time.' Owen Jones 'A brilliantly presented indictment of the UK's fumbling attempt to meet the Covid challenge.' Kazuo Ishiguro, Guardian 'Failures of State is a gripping, devastating read. It's a piece of first-class investigative journalism... this is a work of history. It's witness. It's also a kind of catharsis.' Christina Patterson, Sunday Times 'Incredibly reported and wildly damning ... It is impossible to read Failures of State, the frequently jaw-dropping book by Sunday Times journalists Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott, and not conclude that the British people deserved far, far better from the government' Marina Hyde, Guardian 'A frightening and detailed account of the failures of the last 12 months. Some of the revelations are sickening and shocking.' Armando Iannucci, satirist and writer 'A damning indictment' Alan Johnson, Observer 'Superb journalism ... a truly remarkable book.' Professor Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health 'Buy it and read it so you're never tempted to forget' John Crace, Guardian journalist 'A devastating new account of Year Covid exposes the Prime Minister's utter failure to meet the nation's greatest health crisis for a century.' Paul Routledge, Daily Mirror 'I cannot recommend this book enough' David Schneider, comedian and writer

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