Gavin Esler

Gavin William James Esler (born 27 February 1953) is a Scottish journalist, television presenter and author. He was a main presenter on BBC Two’s flagship political analysis programme, Newsnight, from January 2003 until January 2014, and presenter of BBC News at Five on the BBC News Channel. Since 2014 he has served as the Chancellor of the University of Kent. On 11 March 2017, Esler confirmed via his Twitter profile that he would be leaving the BBC at the end of the month to concentrate on his writing activities. He returned to the BBC later that year as host of Talking Books.

He stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for Change UK in London at the 2019 European Parliament election.

Books in order of publication:


The United States of Anger. Penguin. 1998.

Lessons from the Top: The three universal stories that all successful leaders tell. Profile. 2013.

Brexit Without the Bullshit. Canbury Press. 2019.


Loyalties. Headline. 1991.

Deep Blue. HarperCollins. 1992.

The Blood Brother. HarperCollins. 1996.

A Scandalous Man. HarperCollins. 2008.

Power Play. HarperCollins. 2010.

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