A Woman Like Me: Diane Abbott signs book deal for release of 'honest and moving' memoir


The newly announced memoir focusing on the life of Diane Abbott looks set to offer a deeper look at the life of one of the most consequential figures in British politics.

Titled A Woman Like Me, the book is set to release next summer to mark the 35th year of her election to parliament.

The announcement was made on International Women’s Day by the publishing company Viking who won the rights in a six-publisher auction according to Bookseller.com.

In 1987, Diane Abbott was the first Black woman to be elected to Parliament, she has spent more than three decades campaigning in politics, and in 2022, we’re proud to be publishing her honest and moving memoir, A Woman Like Me.

~ Viking Publications

The level of intrigue among publishers is unsurprising given the significance of Diane Abbott’s career. Alongside Keith Vaz, Bernie Grant and Paul Boateng she was elected to parliament in the historic 1987 elections. In winning her seat for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, she became the first black female MP. 

This was at a time when there were no black MPs in Parliament and fewer than 5 per cent of MPs were women. She has won the constituency seat in every election since.

She stood for Labour party leadership in 2010 and has been a visible presence on the party’s frontbench in the 2010s. Under Ed Miliband, she served as Shadow Minister for Public Health, while during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership she was appointed Shadow Secretary for International Development, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.

The memoir will be released a year on from the biography, written by Robin Bunce. It drew on interviews from Abbott herself, as well as her friends, colleagues and political opponents to tell her story.

However, the announcement of the latest book will allow her to tell the story of her journey through her own words. She has faced a number of challenges and enjoyed many victories during her long career as a parliamentarian so the announcement is one which will be welcomed.  

As quoted in the Express, she describes the book deal as “a long-awaited chance to tell my own story, in my own words." She also stated, “my parents were part of the Windrush generation. Nobody could have guessed that their bespectacled little girl would grow up to be a British Member of Parliament.”

Mayowa Ayodele


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