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Parliamentary Affair [Paperback]

Edwina Currie
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25 Jan 1994
Edwina Currie's first novel is set amid the heady atmosphere of Westminster and charts the progress of four ambitious Tory MPs from 1992 onwards as they find themselves in a confusion of political and sexual intrigue. Her previous books are "Life Lines", "What Women Want", and "Three-Line Quips".
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; Open market ed edition (25 Jan 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 0340618159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340618158
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,362,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'WAR AND PEACE in black suspenders' (Today )

'An extremelt timely and graphic novel - an uncomfortable amalgam of truth and fiction' (Independent Magazine )

'Genuine emotions are stirred . . . the high-spirited tone and the details of day-to-day parliamentary life are fun' (Sunday Times )

'I laughed out loud at Edwina Currie's novel . . . spot on . . .' (Daily Mail )

'A steamy tale of scandal and seduction, erotic escapades and political intrigue, set in the hallowed corridors of Westminster' (Glasgow Daily Record )

'An absorbing tale of obsessive ambitions amongst the political classes, with credible characters . . . you will not readily put this book down' (David Mellor QC, MP, Sunday Express )

'Spot on . . . good passages of observation and interesting sidelights on parliamentary life' (Daily Telegraph ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Edwina Currie has been an MP for thirteen years. She was a Minister in Margaret Thatcher's government from 1986 to 1988 and turned down an invitation from John Major to return to office in 1992. She was a Conservative candidate in the 1994 European elections and is married with two daughters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ambition and lust in the Corridors of Power 18 April 2000
By A Customer
Well, it's certainly value for money - the paperback is the size of a house brick - but it's a bit cumbersome for reading in bed. We follow the adventures of a quartet of Tory MPs, two newly elected, two old hands. They form liaisons with each other, with journalists, with rather iffy strangers, some hetero, some homo. I'm not going to give it away by saying who does what with whom. If that is all there was to it, it would be a pretty routine bonkbuster. Two features set the book apart - the Parliamentary background and the insight into the politicians' mind. The small details of parliamentary daily life give the book interest and some authority. Other people's workplaces are interesting. If you read Magnus Mills' Restraint of Beasts you will learn a lot about the life of a fencing contractor. Mrs Currie's detail about who drinks where, about the Table Office, the appearance of Ministerial offices and so on are fascinating to anyone who is interested in politics. Her characters suffer from all being Tories - there is a one-dimensional quality to them. Money is no problem; children are cared for by au pairs and packed off to tinpot snobschools as soon as possible. Even her characters' names show class bias - the Tories all have mellifluous three-syllable names ( apart from our heroine and her family who are clearly arriviste) - the few working class characters have short sharp names - no poetry there. And whilst we are thinking about names, the whole plot of the book is summed up by the name of the chief male - Roger Dickson ( not even Dixon) Just feel the Freudianism in that ! The book is called 'A Parliamentary Affair' and it focuses upon the impact of several such. But only upon the parliamentary careers of the protagonists. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars gift 19 Feb 2013
By kat
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my Grandma. She says she expected it to be ''fancy pansy romance crap, but it was actually very enjoyable.'' lol
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Critchley 14 Dec 2009
Having enjoyed the not so thinly veiled references to real-life members of the House of Commons in Julian Critchley's witty parliamentary novels, I picked up this book hoping for more of the same. Not too awful in places and a fair to middling pot boiler in the Jeffrey Archer mould. But for two gripes. Firstly, the author's identifying with the heroine is a little cringe-inducing. But mainly the excruciatingly embarrassing an self conscious sex scenes. Put me off my scones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "well, who'd have thought it!" 17 Feb 2003
By "puhuu"
This is a novel about the emotional fallout from living life in the public eye; if you're looking for ruthless ambition and backstabbing, look elsewhere. Neither is this an accomplished bonkbuster; readers of erotic fiction will find the sex scenes rather demure, and be startled by the daughter's miserable downfall. the parliamentary innuendos and the excruciatingly realistic bye election are delicious, even though non-tories will sigh at her 1D portrayal of the 'opposition' characters.
On the other hand, i laughed alomost non-stop, and appreciated the explaination of that most unlikely of pairings. It also reminded me how fundamentally naive professional politicians are.
Oh, yes; eggs do feature!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Parliamentary Affair 8 Nov 2012
By Nannore
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to read this after purchasing Edwina's latest diaries-but found that this was very predictable, almost pedestrian, with an unsatisfactory ending and an unlikeable central character; despite the attempts to make her appear more human: a watered down apology for an ambitious politician, I imagine, but without the necessary, if unattractive, killer instincts. It doesn't tick either boxes of political intrigue or salacious scandal for me. Would it have got published without the author's name- don't think so.
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