- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harper; (Reissue) edition (4 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006477100
- ISBN-13: 978-0006477105
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Goodfellowe MP Paperback – 4 Oct 2010
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‘Goodfellowe is a modern political hero with all the welcome weaknesses we expect… The fun (and there’s plenty of it) comes from watching honest Tom struggling with his own frailties and battling against the massed ranks of base politicians and a debased media. Michael Dobbs does for Westminster skulduggery what Agatha Christie did for the country house murder. He knows what we like and he knows how to spin a rattling good yarn.’
‘Splendid, as good as anything Dobbs has done.’
‘Eventful and entertaining… a truly exciting Mounties-to-the-rescue climax.’
About the Author
Michael Dobbs was at Mrs Thatcher’s side as she took her first step into Downing Street as Prime Minister, and was a key aide to John Major when he was voted out. In between times he was bombed in Brighton, banished from Chequers and blamed for failing to secure a Blair-Major television debate. He is now one of the country’s leading political commentators.
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We first meet him cycling to The House where he has been summoned on a three line whip to support the Government in a series of parliamentary votes. The majority is slim, and members have been either cajoled or threatened to ensure they turn out. Goodfellowe is now a backbencher but not long before he had been a Minister, and had been tipped for a golden future. Following a combination of personal tragedy and crass misjudgement he had lost his way, his ministerial post and his driving licence.
For various reasons Goodfellowe finds himself missing several of the votes that evening, being summoned on a mission of mercy to help a young Chinese woman, one of his neighbours, who has been arrested as a consequence of a rather farcical series of events. The events following on from Goodfellowe's intervention will prove to be cataclysmic, and Goodfellowe will find his path crossing that of Frederick Corsa, press magnate and would-be power broker.
Dobbs knows his parliamentary turf very well, having been an adviser to both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and he portrays the Machiavellian dealings of party whips with the same verve that he brought to his famous 'House of Cards' novels. Although this both was written almost twenty years ago, it has a searing topicality, dealing with issues of press intrusion in private life, MPs' expenses and outside interests and over-zealous lobbying.
Just fiction? Who knows!
I`ve read all the Wilbur Smith`s, the Robert Ludlum`s,the Ken Follet`s
and with many hours of reading pleasure I ve found Michael Dobbs
he is a drunk, he's nearly bankrupt, his family life is in shambles, his political career is confined to the grey realm of the backbenches, his influence both in Westminster and his own constituency is nearly zero.. need i say more?
Nevertheless from the obscureness of himself, we find a strong individual, who unlike many of his peers in the corridors of power, stands up to the easy money solicited to him by the press baron Corsa. in fact, Goodfellowe derives strengths, g-d knows where, and though he is slandered and his family his being badmouthed and hurt in the newspapers, he is determined not to let money control the political agenda on his watch.
As usual Michael Dobbs writes superbly, in a thrilling way that makes it impossible to put down the book. highly recommended for political animals and fiction lovers in general !!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Behind some of the exaggeration there is probably some sad reality about the vulnerability of the political process not only here but worldwide.Published 1 month ago by barry.bart
Slow start but really enjoyed it, forgot how much I enjoyed Michael Dobbs writing , will buy more.Published 9 months ago by Tony K
Yes a good read, although a bit predictable as it progressed, I did enjoy it.Published 12 months ago by mrs m dowling