"Featuring "unparalleled access" and a range of interviews with left-wing figures including Owen Jones, Ash Sarkar and John McDonnell MP, this is the inside story of how the Left came back to life in the 2010s, and what it can (and should) do now." –The Bookseller
"[Chessum] writes passionately and eloquently
. Here he examines how the emergence of Corbynism and its mass mobilisation came about and what we can learn from its rise and demise taking us on a roller-coaster ride through the history of rebellion and opposition during recent decades, both in Britain and abroad, capturing the excitement, the passion and the disappointments ... There is too much useful information and too many perceptive insights in this book to detail here. Read it yourself; I highly recommend it
." –Morning Star
"A member of Momentum's first steering committee and general figure in the rooms where it happened, Chessum is an able guide through the tumultuous period covered by the book." –Renewal
"If I had to stick a book in a time capsule to explain UK left movement politics to future generations, it'd be this one. Michael's insight is, to coin a phrase much in current use, "forensic"." –Clive Lewis, MP
"Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, however impossible you thought the Corbyn project, here is a rivetingly well-written view from inside the left's capture of the Labour party." –Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist
"Michael Chessum provides not just a necessary hard-nosed assessment of the Corbyn project from someone who was at the heart of its creation, he also poses the tough challenging questions that need to be addressed for the revival of the left." –John McDonnell, MP
"This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand where the new left generation came from and where we go from here. Michael Chessum describes the mass movement that underpinned Corbyn's leadership so richly that from the demonstrations to the committee rooms, you'll feel like you're there." –Nadia Whittome, MP
"A fascinating insider's assessment of the rise and impasse of the latest new left that gained political expression, but not realisation, through Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party. At once both controversial and sympathetic, it is essential reading for creative strategic thinking in the future." –Hilary Wainwright, author of 'A New Politics From the Left'
"With a lively combination of vivid first-hand reportage, insightful interviews and original analysis, This is Only the Beginning
offers the most compelling account to date of the movements and circumstances that made the Corbyn moment possible, and of what needs to happen for the radical left to thrive rather than slip back into irrelevance." –Professor Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London, UK
"A clear-eyed and compelling contribution to the post-mortem of the Corbyn era, this is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the movement that provided so much of the energy behind Corbyn's rise." –Gabriel Podrund, co-author of 'Left Out'