- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (3 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751532185
- ISBN-13: 978-0751532180
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 3 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,726,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This Honourable House Paperback – 3 Jul 2003
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No-one can deny that Edwina Currie can always be relied upon to deliver a heady mix of sex, politics and betrayal. The skulduggery of the political scene, of course, is something she knows well, and each of her novels has utilised her insider's eye with maximum skill. This Honourable House is her slickest and most accomplished book yet, with a plot that rings some fascinating changes on her earlier work.
Her politician hero Frank has watched his career reach Cabinet levels, and his distant past (not to mention his school friends who opted for lives of crime) is a mere memory. Of course, he has to cope with the usual baggage of a successful political career: a demanding wife, an equally demanding mistress and an all-knowing adviser who is forcing him to choose between them. Frank's dilemma leads him into some very deep waters, with the misplaced loyalty of his old friends having dire consequences, but his isn't the only story being told here. Social Security secretary Diane shares Frank's chequered past, and she is well known for a sexual appetite that would make even the most libidinous of politicians blush. But her relationship with an attractive new office recruit called Edward is about to make her life just as complicated as Frank's. These two main strands of Currie's narrative are cleverly linked, and she delivers all the drama and unbuttoned sex one might wish for. But her tale is even more ambitious, drawing other characters into a dangerous mix. And while Currie knows how to deliver the kind of entertainment that makes blockbuster novels bestsellers, she is still able to make some pertinent points about politics along the way without once forgetting her principal purpose: to entertain. And that she does effortlessly. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Politics and parliament and all their nasty shenanigans are obviously well known to Ms. Currie...a true and accurate portrait. (DAILY EXPRESS)
No-one is better qualified to write political blockbusters than Edwina Currie...more readable than the contents of any red box. (HELLO)
Edwina possesses a brass neck, a silver tongue and a golden pen. (Julian Critchley)
A fun read. (THE TIMES)
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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.Read more ›