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Ten Minutes to Turn the Devil [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Hurd

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There's a long and honourable tradition of politicians writing fiction that stretches back to Disraeli--even if not all have been of the first rank in the literary stakes. Fortunately, Douglas Hurd is a real writer, with a talent for the written word that exceeds many a writer known only for one career. Ten Minutes to Turn the Devil is a diverting collection of short stories that often give the very precise flavour of the life of a modern politician (with a bracing frankness here that members of the cabinet are denied). But Hurd's brief is wider than that and his imaginative variety of subjects are dispatched with some aplomb. From the killing machines of Bosnia and Serbia to a marriage in trouble in the South African veld, Hurd's reach is always ambitious. And even when the shades of other authors such as Agatha Christie raise their heads (as in a Tuscany-set piece in with some nasty blackmail), Hurd is able to demonstrate a powerful narrative grasp. He is, of course, highly percipient about tense war situations, but also possesses a concise and insightful grasp of human feeling:
Because she was no longer in love she no longer had the power to know his mind ... the tensions of marriage seemed to both of them easier to accept than the chores of separation.
The humanity and humour of these pieces are always refreshing, but their real strength is the insider's vision of tough, tension-fraught situations in many corners of the globe. --Barry Forshaw

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What Douglas Hurd does possess, which makes him a rarity among politicians who write political novels, is an ability to translate to the page what it feels like to be a contemporary politician. (OBSERVER)

This diverting collection of short stories has items that gave the very-precise flavour of life of a modern politician, but Hurd's bried is wider than that, and his imaginative variety of subjects are dispatched with some aplomb... The humanity and humour (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

Neat twists in several of the tales, and much elegant writing. (COUNTRY LIFE)

Simple dialogue and believable characters underpin elegantly constructed narratives. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (25 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008M6X4KM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #545,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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