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by Staff reporter
09 August 2023
Nicola Sturgeon to be ‘frank about her regrets’ in ‘deeply personal’ memoir

Nicola Sturgeon to be ‘frank about her regrets’ in ‘deeply personal’ memoir

Former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced she is writing a memoir which will be published by Pan MacMillan.

The publisher, which was reportedly involved in a nine-way auction for the book, said it would be “a deeply personal and revealing memoir from one of Britain’s most significant political leaders of recent times”.

Sturgeon said: “I am thrilled to be working with Pan Macmillan, a globally renowned publisher with proud Scottish roots. I have loved my life in politics but ever since I was a child, I have harboured an ambition to write.

“Embarking on this book is therefore exciting, if also daunting. I aim to chronicle key events of the past three decades of Scottish and British politics and take the reader behind the scenes to describe how it felt to be ‘in the room’, who else was there, the relationships involved and how decisions were arrived at.

“I will talk about what I am proud of and be frank about my regrets. I will reflect on the challenges of being a woman in politics and reveal more about the person behind the politician. I will also draw on my 35 years of experience to offer some thoughts on the future of Scotland, the UK and democracy in general.”

The as-yet-untitled memoir will be published in hardback, e-book and audio in 2025.

Mike Harpley, Pan MacMillan’s non-fiction publishing director, said: “As well as spending her career in frontline politics, Nicola is a lifelong avid reader, lover of literature and a keen supporter of bookshops and the wider book trade.

“As a result, it is no surprise that the extracts she has already written are notable for their wit, honesty and excellent writing. We are very much looking forward to working with her on this book.”

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