© 2012

Philip Gould

An Unfinished Life

  • Dennis Kavanagh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Georgia Gould
    Pages 1-7
  3. Dennis Kavanagh
    Pages 8-26
  4. Alastair Campbell
    Pages 27-41
  5. Peter Mandelson
    Pages 62-77
  6. David Miliband
    Pages 78-91
  7. James Purnell
    Pages 92-107
  8. Danny Finkelstein
    Pages 108-116
  9. Stanley B. Greenberg
    Pages 152-169
  10. James Harding
    Pages 170-179
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 180-187

About this book


The death of Philip Gould, former Labour Party Communications Director, in 2011 deprived Britain of one of its most acute and well-respected political minds. In this book his friends and colleagues including David Miliband and Lord Mandelson discuss his life from his early years in the Labour Party to his ultimately doomed fight against cancer.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dennis Kavanagh
    • 1
  1. 1.Liverpool UniversityUK

About the editors

Dennis Kavanagh Georgia Gould Alastair Campbell Patricia Hewitt Danny Finkelstein Lord Mandelson Peter Hyman David Miliband Andrew Cooper James Purnell Stan Greenberg James Harding

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'He wasn't just my pollster, he was my pathfinder.'

- Tony Blair

'Philip was a pathbreaking political strategist as well as a warm, funny, engaging, deeply emotional and loving human being.'

- Ed Miliband

'His last battle was extraordinarily brave; but it was when he opened his arms to death, and looked it in the face, that he shook everyone he knew and a host of friends he never met.'

Andrew Marr

'What motivated him was a genuine, passionate desire to improve his world.'

George Osborne