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No. 10 - The Geography of Power at Dowing Street

Jack Brown



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15 September 2019
Public buildings: civic, commercial, industrial; History; British & Irish history; Political structure & processes
Fronted by one of the world's most iconic doors, 10 Downing Street is the home and office of the British Prime Minister and the heart of British politics. This is the story of the intimately entwined relationships between the house and its post-war residents, telling how each occupant's use and modification of the building reveals their own values and approaches to the office of Prime Minister. Number 10 was designed in the late seventeenth century as little more than a place of residence, with no foresight of its current purpose, meaning that constant adaptation has been necessary to accommodate the changing role and requirements of the premiership. Written by Number 10's first ever `Researcher in Residence', with unprecedented access to people and papers, 10 Downing Street: The Geography of Power sheds new light on unexplored corners of Prime Ministers' lives. The book reveals how and why Prime Ministers have stamped their personalities and philosophies upon Number 10, and how the building has constrained the ability of some Prime Ministers to perform the role. Both fascinating and extremely revealing, this is an intimate account of power and the building at its core. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the nature of British politics.
By:   Jack Brown
Imprint:   Haus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   472g
ISBN:   9781912208012
ISBN 10:   1912208016
Pages:   220
Publication Date:   15 September 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Jack Brown is London Partnerships Director and Lecturer in London Studies at King's College London, and Senior Researcher at the Centre for London.

Reviews for No. 10 - The Geography of Power at Dowing Street

Jack Brown's writing reflects his background as an academic, with some serious analysis of government and its processes. But the human element is there, too. --The Daily Mail Despite spending most of my waking hours for three years in the building, I learned a great deal I did not know about if from Jack Brown's informative and highly readable new book on this famous constant of British politics. . . . this is a carefully constructed, well researched, and insightful book, which shows how a succession of Prime Ministers and their staff have both shaped Number 10 and been shaped by it. It will be read with great interest and enjoyment by people on both sides of that famous front door. --Conservative History Journal In his eminently readable book No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street, Jack Brown looks at how the building itself has shaped the nerve centre of British government. The author, the first ever researcher-in-residence at No. 10, turns up no sensational political revelations but he brings alive the workings of this extraordinary old house in a way others rarely do. On almost every page there are fascinating insights into the prime ministers and officials who have lived and worked there. . . . This book is full of such gems which make it a delight to read. It will also be an essential guide for all students of politics as to how No.10 really operates. --Civil Service World

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