Feel much for any of the characters perhaps Jane s helplessness Then it rambles from House of Commons an intriguing piece about Mrs Thatcher also some unpredictable meaningless events I read it on a ong bus journey nothing about the book made it pleasurable I honestly have no idea what I thought of this book There was middle class family stuff going on There was house of parliament stuff going on I never knew or had any emotions about the characters But I feel I ve missed "Something Vital Not Sure "vital Not sure though And I can t say I didn t ike it. Holic Here he is on Thatcher When she walked she seemed to extinguish a cigarette beneath pace; in her walk it be seen that she was in the right' Observer 'Incisive first class dialogue Set amid the and gowns of parliamentary officialdom Philip Hensher's second novel exposes the hidden tensions in apparently banal ives' Sunday Telegra.
Free read Kitchen VenomPointment Enjoyed this politicalfamily drama for its sly humour its revelations about the banality of ife in Westminster and because of the slow burn banality of The Book Thief life in Westminster and because of the slow burn almost imperceptibly increases in tension as the story progresses Sad that the authorost his job as a Commons Clerk for writing a novel with Commons Clerks in it but maybe a good thing for iterature Probably means the story is a bit *too close to the bone for some This was the first book I read by the author A really dull *close to the bone for some This was the first book I read by the author A really dull of work that superficially ramble about so that you don Iting rent boys in the afternoons and a passion for secrecy Sharp and funny a beautifully polished performance' Times Literary Supplement 'Sex politics and death are the classic themes of Hensher's original novel Set in Parliament at the time of the fall of Margaret Thatcher it follows the disintegration of the family of a Commons clerk Hensher is both sharp and melanc. ,
Having read 3 of Philip Hensher s ater novels King of the Badgers Northen Clemancy and Mulberry Empire in the Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, last 6 months or so I wasooking forward to reading his 2nd novel Unfortunately it s a rather dull piece of work It s not without it s moments there is a wonderful desction of Mrs Thatcher s walk and some great dialogue when Jane is involved However the book acks coherence and the parts set in Westminster are very disappointing Clever writing but characters actions and motives were not credible Funny in places but overall a disap. WINNER OF A SOMERSET "MAUGHAM AWARD 1997 A stunning novel of political ife betrayal and "AWARD 1997 A stunning novel of political Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock life betrayal and whichifts the id on vice within the Palace of Westminster and cost Hensher his job as a House "of Commons clerk 'At the centre of this book is John a distinguished "Commons clerk 'At the centre of this book is John a distinguished with a hump two daughters and an important job in *THE HOUSE OF COMMONS HE ALSO HAS A FONDNESS *House of Commons He also has a fondness vis. ,