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Head of state : a political entertainment
Marr, Andrew, author.
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New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
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viii, 333 pages ; 24 cm
As the United Kingdom decides whether or not to remain a member of the European Union or go its own way in September of 2017, a group of ruthless killers will stop at nothing to keep a shocking secret at the very heart of the government that could change everything in an instant from being revealed.
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It's September 2017, and the United Kingdom is on the verge of a crucial referendum that will determine, once and for all, if the country remains a member of the European Union or goes its own way. But, unsuspected by the electorate, and unknown to all but a handful of members of the Prime Minister's innermost circle, there is a shocking secret at the very heart of government that could change everything in an instant. A group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing--including murder--to prevent that from happening. Andrew Marr's first novel is a darkly comic tale of deception and skullduggery at Downing Street and Whitehall. Making full use of his unrivalled inside knowledge of the British political scene, Marr has created a sparkling entertainment, a wholly original depiction of Westminster and its denizens, and a fascinating, irreverent glimpse behind the parliamentary curtain.

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Andrew Marr is a former editor of the Independent and BBC political editor. His acclaimed television documentary series include Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain and Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain . He is also a hugely successful nonfiction author.

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Booklist Review

It's 2017, and the UK is about to vote on whether it will stay with the European Union. On the stay side is the popular prime minister; the opposition is led by the ambitious Olivia Kite. Ken Cooper, editor of the National Courier, is trying to track down wayward investigative journalist Lucien McBryde, who promised him a huge scoop. Lucien's ex-girlfriend, Jen Lewis, is sharing the opposition's political strategy with Ned Parminter, research assistant to the great political historian, Lord Trevor Briskett, who is writing the definitive book on the referendum. Ned is also in love with Jen. Meanwhile, the slippery Alois Haydn has involved himself in a secret at 10 Downing Street. Once the irregular time line settles into a rhythm, the madcap proceedings careen toward a darkly comic peak. Bodies pile up, vile motives are revealed, and then the press gets involved. This is a very British satire, with inside jokes for the most devoted Anglophiles, but skewering a dysfunctional political system is, unfortunately, universal.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Former BBC political editor Marr makes his fiction debut with a terrific satirical thriller reminiscent of the movie Wag the Dog. In 2017, the U.K. anxiously awaits the results of a referendum to determine whether it will leave the European Union. Prime Minister Bill Stevenson has made a vote to stay in the union the most important priority of his career, but as the election nears, the outcome is very much in doubt. He's opposed by his former home secretary, Olivia Kite, who promises the "gift of freedom" if the country votes to leave. Three days before the referendum, investigative reporter Lucien McBryde dies from a fall, ending up in the morgue next to a man's corpse that lacks hands and a head. Marr gradually reveals the circumstances of both deaths, and how they connect with a nuclear bomb of a conspiracy whose disclosure would all but cinch the vote for one side. Clever dark humor, witty prose, and a rigorously constructed plot add up to a thought-provoking read. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Ltd. (U.K.). (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.