Two Rivers opts for Oxford Tory history

Two Rivers Media has acquired the film and television rights to Friends, the new book by Simon Kuper, which has just entered the top 10 of the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Chums recounts how a group of well-connected young Tories from Oxford University conquered Britain. It reveals how this small caste of elite British society rose from privilege and public schooling to dominate and shape contemporary Britain.

Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Cameron, George Osborne, Theresa May, Dominic Cummings, Daniel Hannan, Jacob Rees-Mogg: Oxford has produced most of the prominent Conservative politicians of our time. Many have come straight out of the world of student debates onto the national stage and brought their university politics with them. Eleven of Britain’s 15 post-war prime ministers visited Oxford. This tight pool of talent has shaped the modern country. In chumsSimon Kuper traces how the rarefied and privileged atmosphere of Oxford University – and the friendships and worldviews it created – helped give us the Britain of today.

Alan Clements, Managing Director of Two Rivers Media, said: “We have all heard stories about the infamous Bullingdon Club and witnessed the influence of Cameron, Johnson, May, Gove, Mogg et al, over the course of the tumultuous decade of British society, which they largely oversaw. Which makes chums such an interesting book is its comprehensive look at that time of Oxford University students and their alma mater, written by someone who was actually there. With a diversity of voices, some who revere the success of this influential group of policy makers and others who insult them. We are very happy to prepare it as a major unscripted box set.

A journalist writing for the Financial Times, Kuper is also a leading football writer and has written headlines such as Soccernomics, Barca: The rise and fall of the club that built modern football and The Football Men: Up Close with the Giants of the Modern Game. It was his book Football against the enemy, which in 1994 won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. He also wrote The happy traitora biography of British KGB agent George Blake. chums is the seventh book by Simon Kuper.

Simon Kuper adds: “I am delighted to be working with Two Rivers to make this a documentary series. I would like this story to be told on screen.

Two Rivers Media also recently acquired the film and television rights to The Goldenacrea literary thriller by Philip Miller and Tanya Byrne After Love. Tanya Byrne’s fourth novel for young adult audiences.

The rights of chums were purchased by Two Rivers Media from Gorden Wise at Curtis Brown.

Jon Cremier

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