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The Speaker's Wife by Quentin Letts
  

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Winner of The People's Book Prize Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2016.

The Speaker's Wife mixes Westminster intrigue with searching depictions of an England which has neglected its beliefs. Laugh-aloud satire is mixed with moving passages about the human condition and even a fairytale love story.

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The Speaker's Wife by Quentin Letts

'This brilliant and utterly engrossing debut novel is both a lively political satire and a state-of-the-nation polemic ...The author's Wodehousian relish of the English language is infectious' Tatler 'Wildly original and beautifully written. It's funny but, at time, unbearably sad' Daily Mail The Rev Tom Ross's quiet and semi-alcoholic life as chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons is about to be shattered. Pastor Petroc Stone of a central London, evangelical church gives sanctuary to a young man being chased by the police for making an anti-Islamic protest. Politicians rage about the Church of England giving a safe haven to a dangerous criminal and Islamists surround the church building, furious at the boy's insult. Meanwhile, the charismatic, white-maned Don of Doubt, Augustus Dymock, and his secular campaign, the Thought Foundation, are pressuring the Church to sell hundreds of its under-used places of worship. As the stories twist and flow together, Ross finds himself caught up in a world of bribes, violence and political spin and, at high personal cost, he must confront his demons.

Reviews

Fascinating ... highly entertaining and clever novel ... a narrative of modern manners worthy of Anthony Trollope ... compulsive reading ... The language is inspired ... beautifully descriptive ... a rollicking good story ... one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year * Mature Times * Rollicking debut novel ... a love song written to the grand old Church of England ... What gives the novel its gusto is the sheer delight it finds in its own stereotypes -- Chris Bryant * The Guardian * Witty, outspoken, fierce and extremely knowledgeable about politicians * Country Life *


About the Author

Quentin Letts

Quentin Letts is parliamentary sketch writer and theatre critic for the Daily Mail. A regular broadcaster on radio and television, he was formerly New York correspondent for The Times and gossip columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He recently presented Radio 4’s series ‘What’s The Point Of?’ He lists his recreations, in Who’s Who as ‘gossip’ and ‘character defenestration’.

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Publication date

26th November 2015

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Quentin Letts

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Publisher

Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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ISBN

9781472122001

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