Exceeding My Brief by Barbara Hoskig
From the tragic massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games to signing the Treaty of Rome when Britain entered the Common Market, Barbara Hosking was there.
This is the story of a Cornish scholarship girl with no contacts who ended up in the corridors of power serving two British Prime Ministers. It is also the very personal story of her struggle with her sexuality as a young woman in the 1950s, a time when being gay could mean social ostracism.
Between working on a copper mine in the African bush, serving as a press officer to Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, and pioneering British breakfast television, hers is a tale of breadth and bravery. At the age of ninety-two, Barbara Hosking reflects on her life and gives a compelling account of the innermost workings of politics and the media amid the turbulence of twentieth-century Britain.
'A rollicking career and storied life.' - The Observer
'[A] warm, funny and illuminating book that guides readers through one woman’s journey down the corridors of Whitehall and through a slowly changing society. She did so at a time when being a woman and, in Barbara’s case, a gay woman meant the path was strewn with obstacles. It is a tribute to her guts, her resilience and her charm that she has emerged triumphant.' - Sue Cameron, Civil Service World
'A remarkable tale, well told and often insightful. There don’t seem to be many Barbara Hoskings around anymore.' - The National
'A timely arrival on to the crowded political memoir market […]Hosking is probably the most influential woman you’ve never heard of.' - The Tides of History
Imprint: Biteback Publishing
Date: 12 March 2019