Did you get your copy?

I have previously drawn attention to how well Governing Britain was doing in pre-publication sales, topping the Amazon Government and State Constitutions list on more than one occasion and coming close to the top of the UK politics list.

It was published by Manchester University Press on 17 September.  In the event, sales exceeded expectations.   The publishers tweeted that the first print run sold out within two weeks.  Equally gratifying (and a relief) was the fact that the comments on it have been very positive.

I like to think this is a result of both content and style.  I was gratified to see that recent research found that the use of jargon in academic outputs reflected a lack of confidence. Some authors write works designed to show how clever they are.  I like to write for the intended audience.  My aim is to produce an accessible text, which means short sentences and, as far as possible, little or no jargon.  I also believe in not writing at excessive length.  In this case, the chapters are relatively short and the book overall comes in at just over 200 pages.  When Reform of the House of Lords was published in 2017, one reviewer on Amazon basically complained that it was too short, not a criticism normally levelled at academic tomes.

I am doubtless aided by the fact that the publishers have done a splendid job of production and delivered the work in hardback for £16.99.  I know one should not judge a book by its cover, but I think it looks good – an adornment for any bookshelf.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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