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The first novel from Britain's most celebrated political commentator is a gleefully twisted take on what goes on behind the door of 10 Downing Street. It's September 2017, and the United Kingdom is on the verge of a crucial referendum that will determine, once and for all, if the country remains a member of the European Union, or goes its own way. The stakes could not possibly be higher, and the outcome is delicately balanced. But, unsuspected by the electorate, and unknown to all but a handful of members of the Prime Minister's innermost circle, there is a shocking secret at the very heart of government that, were it to become known, would change everything in an instant. A group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing - including murder - to prevent that from happening. Andrew Marr's first novel is a darkly comic tale of deception and skulduggery in Downing Street and Whitehall. Making full use of his unrivalled inside knowledge of the British political scene, Marr has created a sparkling entertainment, a wholly original depiction of Westminster and its denizens, and a fascinating, irreverent glimpse behind the parliamentary curtain.
The prime ministerial denizen of Number 10 in Head of State takes extreme measures – no less than murder – when it comes to dealing with a difficult journalist. It appears to be the trend for political journalists to turn their hands to thriller fiction. After broadcaster James Naughtie’s effort (see below), we now have a debut book by fellow journalist Andrew Marr. And – rather like Naughtie – there is evidence that this is a tyro work, but it is still a very accomplished piece with much to offer the reader. Marr has a particular gift for dialogue, which is one of the strongest aspects of this novel
Praise for Andrew Marr: 'Superb, colourful, outspoken, fresh and richly entertaining. Don't miss
'Lively, full of rich anecdotes and sparkling pen portraits. He has the rare gift of being able to explain complex issues in a few crisp sentences'
'A clever and compelling book'
'The book is lively, readable and engaging ... vivid character studies and colourful vignettes, some of cinematic brilliance ... Marr has an enviable ability to unravel complex issues and expound them in simple terms. He possesses a sharp radical edge and often goes to the heart of the matter ... Marr can also be genuinely funny ... an acute eye for details that puts the past in perspective ... Marr's analyses are lucid ... He sums up historical debates adeptly'
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||11th September 2014|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC’s Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. Andrew lives in London with his family.More About Andrew Marr