Philip Stephens is an award-winning journalist and chief political commentator at the Financial Times. He was previously director of the FT's editorial board. Throughout his career, he has had unique access to foreign policymakers in Britain and around the world. Stephens won the David Watt Prize for Outstanding Political Journalism; the UK Political Studies Association's Political Journalist of the Year; and Political Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards. He is the author of Politics and the Pound and Tony Blair.
Praise for Tony Blair Stephens ... has written easily the best - as well as the best informed - modern summary of Britain's still brilliant but now increasingly beleaguered prime minister. -- Washington Post on Tony Blair If anybody asks me, now, which is the best place to start reading on the kaleidoscope figure of Blair, I shall simply reply Stephens . -- Peter Hennessy, Financial Times on Tony Blair Today Tony Blair enjoys a great lustre in America than in his own country. And yet readers may end this well-informed and sympathetic book wondering how long it can be before the bloom fades. -- New York Times on Tony Blair Philip Stephens has produced that rare thing - an instant classic. Britain Alone is the codebook we need to unravel the six and a half decades between Suez and Brexit. -- Peter Hennessy Admirably lucid and measured, as well as studded with sharp pen portraits of the key players, Britain Alone gives us the fullest long-run political and diplomatic narrative yet of Britain's fateful, tragi-comic road to Brexit. -- David Kynaston Compelling.. Stephens tell the story with a journalist's eye for the interplay of personality and policy-making, backed by a deep knowledge of Britain's post-war history. -- Lawrence Freedman No-one is likely to write this modern history of decline with more brio and comprehensive insight. -- Chris Patten Having talked to many of the leading players over decades, Philip Stephens gives us a ringside seat at the drama of how Britain lost, found and lost again its post-imperial international role. Sad and fascinating. -- Timothy Garton Ash