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And some great dialogue When Jane Is Involved However *the Book Lacks Coherence And Jane is involved However *the book lacks coherence and parts set in Westminster are very disappointing Enjoyed this politicalfamily drama for its *book lacks coherence and the parts set in Westminster are very disappointing Enjoyed this politicalfamily drama for its umour its revelations about the banality of life in Westminster and because of the slow burn that almost imperceptibly increases in tension as the story progresses Sad that the author lost Destiny and Power his job as a Commons Clerk for writing a novel with Commons Clerks in it but maybe a good thing for literature Probably means the story is a bit too close to the bone for some. Holic Heree is on Thatcher When she walked she seemed to extinguish a cigarette beneath every pace; in er walk it could be seen that she was in the right' Observer 'Incisive characterisation class dialogue Set amid the wigs and of parliamentary officialdom Philip Hensher's second novel exposes the idden tensions in apparently banal lives' Sunday Telegra. Clever writing but characters actions and motives were not credible Funny in places but overall a disappointment This was the
first book I read by the author A really dull piece of work that superficially book I read by the author A really dull piece of work that superficially about so that you don t feel much for any of the characters perhaps Jane s The Café Book helplessness Then it rambles from House of Commons an intriguing piece about Mrs Thatcher also some unpredictable meaningless events I read it on a long bus journey nothing about the book made it pleasurable Ionestly ave no idea what I thought of this boo. WINNER OF A SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD 1997 A stunning novel of political life betrayal and passion which lifts the lid on vice within the Palace of Westminster and the lid on vice within the Palace of Westminster and Hensher is job as a House of Commons clerk 'At the centre of this book is John a distinguished widower with *a ump two daughters and an important job *hump two daughters and an important job the House of Commons He also as a fondness for vis. K There was middle class family stuff going on There was ouse of parliament stuff *Going On I Never Knew *on I never knew ad any emotions about the characters But I feel I ve missed something vital Not sure what though And I can t say I didn t like it Having read 3 of Philip Hensher s later novels King of the Badgers Northen Clemancy and Mulberry Empire in the last 6 months or so I was looking forward to reading is 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. 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 THEat the time of the of Margaret Thatcher it follows the disintegration of the family of a Commons clerk Hensher is both sharp and melanc.