October 31, 2016

David Cameron sells his memoirs, will be just fine


David Cameron announcing his resignation as Prime Minister. Image via BBC News/You Tube

David Cameron announcing his resignation as Prime Minister. Via YouTube.

Be honest. Following the Brexit vote, did you feel a tiny bit bad for David Cameron? I did! The erstwhile British prime minister’s career ended after he made a bad political calculation that led to the small matter of the United Kingdom voting to remove itself from the European Union. But don’t worry about David Cameron. David Cameron will be fine. The David Camerons of the world are always fine!

The Daily Mail and other outlets are reporting that Cameron has sold his memoirs, a mere six weeks after stepping down as Prime Minister.

David Cameron has signed a deal for up to £800,000 to write his memoirs, pledging to give a ‘frank’ account about his successes and failures at Number 10.

The former prime minister has been signed to William Collins, part of the HarperCollins Publishers empire.

For regular people, this is a lot of money. But for politicians, not so much. The Mail’s Gerri Peev compares it to the £4.6million paid to Tony Blair and the £3.5million for Margaret Thatcher’s book.

Still, don’t worry about David Cameron’s wallet. The Guardian’s Rowena Mason reports that he has other money-makers in the works, with private speeches already being booked.

It emerged earlier this month that he would give a speech for the private equity firm Bain Capital in one of his first public engagements since his departure from No 10.

The former prime minister was booked to address a private event for the US company, which was co-founded by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and bought a blood plasma company from the NHS in 2012.

(Reporting on the book deal, The Guardian also tackles one of our favorite subjects here at MobyLives — the titles of political memoirs. My favorite is John Major, who titled his autobiography The Autobiography.)
But back to the topic at hand.

The former prime minister will spend the next year writing the book, which will give an insight into family life at No 10 as well as the inside track on his government.

Cameron said he would explain the decisions he made and admit “what worked and what didn’t”.

Cameron stepped down as an MP after taking a summer holiday, meaning any earnings from the book or his speech will not have to be publicly disclosed.

David Cameron will be fine.


Julia Fleischaker is a former director of marketing and publicity at Melville House.