Sunday, April 25, 2010

Five great fictional Prime Ministers

Michael Dobbs served as Chief of Staff to British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major and was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in the mid-1990s. His many books include House of Cards, the first in what would become a trilogy of political thrillers based on the character Francis Urquhart.

His latest novel is The Reluctant Hero.

Dobbs named a brief list of great fictional Prime Ministers for the Times (London).

One PM on the list:
Harry Perkins in A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin (1982)

Perkins is the PM who wants to get rid of media monopolies, nuclear weapons and US influence. Nothing new there, then. His idealism runs full pelt into entrenched interests and ends with mysterious forces ousting him.
Read about the other PMs on Dobbs' list.

Read about Michael Dobbs and his books.

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