The telling of the tale as much as the tale itself is also the key to The Candidate by Alex Nunns, the story of the improbably election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party – the first time.

​It is a political thriller which has, unsurprisingly, received little attention from the mainstream media, which emerges with about as much credit as the majority of Labour MPs and the party administration. To read this book is to become intimately acquainted not solely with the factionalism on right and left which has plagued the party, but also with the larger picture: what is the Labour Party? What’s the point of it in a post-Brexit world?

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