08 December 2017


Politicians have voted Nick Clegg’s How to Stop Brexit as the best non-fiction by a parliamentarian this year in the Parliamentary Book Awards.

The title, published by Bodley Head, argues “there is nothing remotely inevitable about Brexit – except that it will be deeply damaging if it happens” and debunks what Clegg sees as the various myths that have been used to force Brexit on Britain, and explains how this “historic mistake” can be reversed.  

The Bodley Head's Stuart Williams, who received the award on behalf of Clegg, said: “Nick is thrilled to accept the award, he passes on his heartfelt thanks, he is really thrilled that his former colleagues in parliament are now listening to what he has to say more now than at any point in the 12 years that he worked here.”

Harriet Harman and Brendan Cox, the widower of later MP Jo Cox, were also honoured at the ceremony.

Harman won the title for Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian for A Woman’s Work (Allen Lane). When Harman, Britain’s longest-serving MP, started her career, men-only job adverts and a 'women's rate' of pay were the norm, female MPs were a tiny minority and a woman couldn't even sign for a mortgage. Harman’s memoir charts how far we've come, and where we should go next, arguing that there is “still more to do”.