James Hanning and Francis Elliott, joint authors of CAMERON: THE RISE OF THE NEW CONSERVATIVE, were colleagues at the Independent on Sunday at the time of the book’s publication by Fourth Estate in 2007. James is now the paper’s Deputy Editor and Francis is the political editor of the Times. Together they have a strong understanding of British postwar politics, a clear, subtle and entertaining style, and a good eye for the telling detail. Their biography, the first, of then New Tory leader and now Prime Minister, David Cameron, was reviewed to excellent critical acclaim: ‘an essential political textbook’, ‘this highly rewarding biography lays out the story brilliantly’, ‘they’ve done their research, and it shows’. CAMERON was signifcantly updated when it was published in paperback in 2009 and a further updated edition is planned with additional material following the British General Election in May, 2010. CAMERON was published by Italy’s Nuove Idee at the end of 2009 and in China by Shanghai People’s Publishing House in 2011. An updated edition of CAMERON was published in May 2012.
James’s latest book, THE NEWS MACHINE: HOW THE TABLOID NEWS IS MANUFACTURED, was co-written with Glenn Mulcaire published by Gibson Square Books in August 2014.
James Hanning lives in west London with his wife Emma Robertshaw and their daughters Eleanor and Alice.