The Viney Agency


General Sir Richard Dannatt

Norman Baker has had an eclectic career. As well as 18 years as an MP, nearly five of which he served as a government minister, latterly as deputy to Theresa May, he has run a chain of record shops, a wine shop and a railway station, taught English, worked as an environmental campaigner, and is presently running Tibet Society, the oldest pro-Tibet group in the world, as well as lecturing and training.

He is the published author of two books, the first of which, The Strange Death of David Kelly (2007) was shortlisted by Channel 4 for their political book of the year. His latest book, Against The Grain, was the first post-coalition political memoir out of the traps in September 2014.

He regularly writes for a wide range of publications, from The Independent, to the American website Heat Street, to specialist publications like Passenger Transport.

He is also the lead singer and lyricist for his rock band, The Reform Club, which earlier this year released its second album.

He was inducted into the Privy Council in 2014.


Leading from the Front
For eighteen years, Norman Baker was one of the most distinctive, outspoken and campaigning members of the House of Commons, uncovering the biggest parliamentary scandals of recent times. MPs’ expenses, the death of David Kelly, and the ill-fated flight BA 149 were all investigated by the man Nick Clegg referred to as ‘a cross between Gandhi and a battering ram’. Against the Grain is Baker’s fascinating account of Westminster and constituency life, from the absurd to the deadly serious. His observations and investigations confirm how well-deserved his reputation is as one of the most dogged and persistent parliamentary interrogators the modern House of Commons has known.

Amongst much else, this compelling tale reveals the truth about Baker’s successful campaign to force the resignation of Peter Mandelson, and lifts the lid on the inner workings of the coalition, laying bare the divisions and the surprising alliances at the heart of the Department for Transport and the Home Office. Insightful, honest and very funny, Against the Grain is a must-read for anyone interested in the machinations, the misunderstandings and the frequent missteps taking place behind the Westminster fa├žade.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Strange Death Of David Kelly (Methuen) 2007; Against The Grain (Biteback) 2015.