Judith Collins is writing a book that 'will not be boring'

Politicians from both sides will be shaking in their boots with news Judith Collins is writing a book about her life and career in Parliament.

The controversial National MP, who was first elected in 2002, revealed her plans to tell-all on The AM Show on Friday.

Host Duncan Garner asked her if it would be "warts and all".

"A little less of the warts I would have thought, but yes, I am writing a book," she confirmed.

Garner suggested that's what MPs do when they want to become their party's next leader. 

"Or else they think they've got some really great stories to tell," she replied. "I've always kept very good records." 

Collins has contested the leadership in the past but has consistently denied rumours she's plotting to roll the badly-polling Simon Bridges before next year's election.

Judith Collins on The AM Show with Willie Jackson.
Judith Collins on The AM Show with Willie Jackson. Photo credit: The AM Show

Newsreader Amanda Gillies asked if people should be feeling nervous ahead of the as-yet-untitled memoir's release.

"I think there might be some people who will be getting on the phone or checking what was said." 

But why a book? And why now, when her political career appears far from over?

"Because I can. And because it's time to talk about a few things... I promise you it will not be boring. I tell you, it will not be one of those 'on today I did X', I mean who cares? I have had, you know, so far I have only 17 years of my political career so far, and when I think about stuff in opposition, campaigns, various things, there are some great stories"

She said it wouldn't be about "dirt", instead focusing on "how things are done".

"I think people will be a little surprised at some things, and they will probably be very intrigued by the way in which things operate." 

Collins said she's yet to find a publisher or a title - but liked Gillies' suggestion of Hey Jude.

The book is still in progress, and Collins is unsure if it'll be ready to buy for the political tragic in your life this Christmas.

Collins will be far from the first MP to write a book - ACT leader David Seymour and his predecessor Richard Prebble, ex-National MP Marilyn Waring, former Prime Minister Helen Clark and Labour MP Deborah Russell are all published authors.