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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 A story that ends too quickly leaves the reader wanting more
This Honourable House is the third Edwina Currie novel to inhabit the author's schizophrenic world where fact and fiction become blurred and the reader is left wondering just now much of what they read is really true. With the election just over, a New Labour-esque government is swept to power with a mandate to reform. Frank Bridges, re-married and newly elevated to the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A story that ends too quickly leaves the reader wanting more, 5 July 2001
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This review is from: This Honourable House (Paperback)
This Honourable House is the third Edwina Currie novel to inhabit the author's schizophrenic world where fact and fiction become blurred and the reader is left wondering just now much of what they read is really true. With the election just over, a New Labour-esque government is swept to power with a mandate to reform. Frank Bridges, re-married and newly elevated to the Cabinet seeks to turn his back on his past and his ex-wife, but both conspire against him with horrific consequences. Meanwhile, Diane Clark, the darling of the new administration who enjoys a higher approval rating than the new Prime Minister, tries hard to maintain her Feminist morals and her taste for the younger men of government. Until finally she meets a troubled new intern who makes her realise that perhaps there is something to be said for fidelity and marriage. But as the new lovers plan their future together, their pasts return in a shocking revelation that only the most astute reader will anticipate.
Whilst the Government reels from these revelations, the opposition fair little better. Benedict Ashworth, leader of the New Democrats has both a new role in politics and a new wife. But Jim Betts, newly-promoted Political Editor of the Globe newspaper, and a veteran of Currie's Westminster novels, is convinced there is more to Ashworth than meets the eye. Under pressure to find out more from the Globe's new Editor, Betts discovers the Ashworth secret, a secret that extends into the heart of the Treasury.
Never intended as a trilogy, the three books that form Currie's "Westminster Tales" are nonetheless well crafted and combine a clever mix of fact and fiction. From the silver-haired publicist Clifford Maxwell to the Government's Chief Spin Doctor Alistair McDonald, the reader feels comfortable that this new tale, whilst fictional, is believable and understandable. But unlike both A Parliamentary Affair and A Woman's Place, This Honourable House does not contain the detailed sexual encounters that readers may have become used to. The novel is also shorter than the previous two and suffers because of it. The vast majority of the book is spent crafting the background, but with a very rapid conclusion to the various threads that left me feeling slightly dissatisfied, like an opportunity had been missed. That said, Currie has clearly used her insider knowledge to some advantage and the resulting tale is enjoyable. Having charted the rise and fall of one Government, and the first term of a new, one wonders whether there is not another addition to the Westminster Tales still at large in the Currie mind.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment, 6 Sep 2001
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This book had the makings of a great story. The first two-thirds set out the scene and the main characters. Everything was set for a dramatic finish but my impression was that either the author got bored or was under pressure to finish the book. Whatever the reason, the outcome was a very poor conclusion that left me feeling I had wasted my time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This Honourable House, 4 Feb 2006
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Sadly this was nowhere near as interesting or as fun as Currie's first two parliamentary novels. A lot of plot felt rehashed from the other novels and the twist ending painfully predictable. I wasn't expecting a literary classic but I was disappointed at how dull this book was.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment, 18 July 2001
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I had very high hopes for this book until I started reading it. The story does not flow at all and too much time is spent explaining the background which makes the story very disjointed. Definitely not this year's most riveting read I'm afraid.
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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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