Distributed for University of Wales Press
Paul Murphy represented Wales in Parliament from 1987 to 2015. In the nearly thirty years that he served, including two stints in the Cabinet, he played key roles in the establishment and nurturing of fundamental constitutional change, including the pivotal part he played as Northern Ireland Minister under Mo Mowlam in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement. In this memoir, Murphy reflects on his career and offers an insider’s perspective on the modern history of devolution in Wales, and the negotiating of the Good Friday Agreement on the island of Ireland.
"When Paul Murphy speaks, everyone listens. Shrewd, sympathetic, and decent, he’s been a helluva politician to work alongside and observe, as this fascinating memoir demonstrates."
Lord Peter Hain
"This personal memoir reflects the discretion and diligence that have marked Paul Murphy’s career, along with an amiable determination … It truly comes through that Paul always considered his profession to be 'about people and personal relationships.' An understated memoir – generous in respect for others – to remind us that modest integrity, level-headed normality, steady instinct, honest reflection and adjustment with a rounded take on life are assets for democratic service that currently seem to be devalued at our collective expense."
Mark Durkan, SDLP
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Acronyms/Abbreviations Foreword by Kim Howells Acknowledgements Introduction Early Days “West Mon” Oxford Apprenticeship 1970-1987 Opposition 1987-1997 Northern Ireland 199