For The Record: David Cameron’s autobiography gets release date

Former prime minister David Cameron’s eagerly anticipated autobiography will be released in September.

For The Record will hit the shelves on 19 September, a little more than a week before the start of this year’s Conservative Party Conference and a month before Britain is due to leave the European Union.

The timing is especially awkward because the party is likely to be in the midst of a leadership contest to replace Theresa May, Mr Cameron’s successor.

Excerpts of the book are sure to be published in newspapers in the lead-up to publication, with the contents potentially making for uneasy reading for top Tories.

It was reported last month that Mr Cameron had told Mrs May that he would not publish the book until after Brexit.

Mr Cameron was of course the man who called the 2016 referendum, and the book will be pored over for new details and insights into a campaign that ended with a defeat that prompted his resignation.

Publisher William Collins said he will give “for the first time, his perspective on the EU referendum and his views on the future of Britain’s place in the world in the light of Brexit”.

While many will define Mr Cameron’s time in Downing Street through the prism of Europe, the tome will also cover numerous other aspects of his 2010-16 premiership.

“In For the Record, he will explain how the governments he led transformed the UK economy while implementing a modern, compassionate agenda that included reforming education and welfare, legalising gay marriage, honouring the UK’s commitment to overseas aid and spearheading environmental policies,” William Collins said.

“He will shed light on the seminal world events of his premiership – the Arab Spring; the rise of ISIS; the invasion of Ukraine; the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria – as well as events at home, from the Olympic Games in 2012 to the Scottish referendum.”

The book will be published in hardback, ebook and audio.

Mr Cameron was reported to have bought a shepherd’s hut worth £25,000 to give him a space in his Oxfordshire garden to put pen to paper.

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