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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Thames River Press (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857283553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857283559
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TV presenters Colin and Justin: "Polls Apart is a political thriller fraught with twists and turns. AWESOME book!" --twitter.com/#!/colinjustin/status/120632511234719745

Shari Low, Daily Record: "This addictive read takes the emotion of a contemporary relationship struggle, combines it with a dark secret from the past and throws in a backdrop of political intrigue.
The result is a smart, razor-sharp novel that makes a massive impact.
If this book was a Labour politician, Ed Miliband would be signing on by the end of the week."
--blogs.dailyrecord.co.uk/sharilow/2011/09/its-more-like-nancy-dell-usion.html

"Polls Apart is a political thriller fraught with twists and turns. AWESOME book!" --TV presenters Colin and Justin

"This addictive read takes the emotion of a contemporary relationship struggle, combines it with a dark secret from the past and throws in a backdrop of political intrigue.
The result is a smart, razor-sharp novel that makes a massive impact.
If this book was a Labour politician, Ed Miliband would be signing on by the end of the week." --Shari Low, Daily Record

"A gripping piece of contemporary fiction. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." --onemorepage.co.uk

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A shattered past, a marriage in crisis, an election looming – only one thing stands between Richard Williams and Downing Street – his wife.

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'Polls Apart' is Clare Stephen-Johnston's debut novel. It is a political thriller about ambition and how it can come before love.

Anna Lloyd, a famous actress is married to political party leader Richard Williams. When a General Election is called, Anna's past, a terrible childhood of abuse and neglect, comes back to haunt her via the press. It is a very painful time for her. Her husband is urged by spin doctors to separate from her, a decision he soon comes to regret. But he so wants to win the Election and become the next Prime Minister.

When Anna gives an interview revealing the full extent of her tortured youth she becomes a national heroine overnight. Throughout this whole dirty smear campaign Anna asks herself a number of questions including what she really wants in life.

This is the first time I have read a political novel so I wasn't completely sure what I would think about it, being that I am not really a huge fan of politics. However, I found it to be a very good read. The characters were portrayed well. There were also a number of twists and turns. It just made you want to keep reading on to see what would happen next. You also get a good insight into what goes on in the world of politics particularly in the lead up to an election.

I think 'Polls Apart' would make a good TV drama.
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By Sibar45 on 1 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and was kept hooked on the characters throughout. I read the book in a few days which is quite unusual for me but it was easy reading with several interesting storylines which kept me wanting to keep turning the pages. I look forward to the next book from this author.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth on 21 Oct. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. It gives the reader an insight into what happens behind closed doors in the world of politics. The central character Anna is sympathetic and feisty and the plot kept my interest right up to the pacy ending.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By effemm on 21 Oct. 2011
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I've just finished reading Polls Apart - I must say the credible characters and their ups and downs kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next, but there's more to the book than that. It's a lively - and timely - exploration of the fragile relationships between the press, the public and politics, and I constantly wondered where the line between fact and fiction lay, given the author's journalistic experience. We also peer into the equally fragile relationships between career politicians and those close to them - the key protagonists are given enough depth that we can sympathise with them, root for them, pity them, deplore and wince at their antics. Well worth a read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Grant on 23 Oct. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. I like fiction that tells me something I didn't already know and keeps me turning the pages. This was a truly compelling read and kept my interest to the end. I enjoyed the characters and the interplay between the press, PR and politics. This book also touches on the subject of incest/child sexual abuse in the middle classes and its shattering ramifications for victims throughout their lives. Recommended!!
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