Against the odds, former steel worker Harry Perkins has led the Labour Party to a stunning victory. His manifesto includes the removal of American bases, public control of finance, and the dismantling of media empires.
The Establishment is appalled. Something must be done. As MI5 conspires with the City and the press barons to bring Perkins down, he finds himself caught up in a no-holds-barred battle for survival.
©1982 Chris Mullin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
Harry Perkins is elected Prime Minister of the UK in an election that leaves the conservatives reeling. His platform is radical, left-wing, and from day one his enemies begin to rally against him. 'A Very British Coup' is a story about the rise of a government, and a look at what can happen in a democracy when you have the wrong, or should that be right, enemies.
Chris Mullin reads the story well, going from Perkin's thick Yorkshire accent to the polished Oxbridge accents of Perkin' conservative enemies, to the American accents of the US interests who involve themselves in the story. So effective is his narration that the gum chewing of the American President will grate on your nerves (or at least, it did mine ...)
This audiobook will appeal to those who love political thrillers like House of Cards, and was adapted into a highly acclaimed mini-series.
"Thirty years ago, or five years hence?"
Thirty years ago, the plot seemed fantastical, even if good entertainment.
In today's climate this book seems more relevant, more believable - and more scary than it ever did when it was first published.
A fantastic read!
Well read and a great story, I full recommend this book. Harry 4PM
"Annoying accents and delivery"
Alas i wouldnt
The premise and how history may be copying art in the form of Jeremy Corbyn
Less bombast - more calm delivery. Did we need accents and stereotyping?
I didnt finish listening
"Gripping. Plausible. Prescient."
Despite having been written over 20yrs ago, this absorbing and unnerving story tells how the establishment protected itself when threatened by a democratically elected government. As such it remains as relevant now as it was then. Excellently read.
"compelling and realistic"
The way the story is plausable
The ragged Trouser Philanthropist as life goes in cycles
Must see what the establishment can do to the people you chose
"Making politics interesting"
How would The Establishment react if an ultra-socialist Labour leader actually got voted into Number 10? That's the question posed by this novel and the drama unfolds satisfyingly throughout. There is (yes, unsurprisingly!) a lot of politics but it doesn't really get in the way of the story. I found myself nodding sagely at the characters behaviour at several points - how true! A Very British Coup is also a Very British Book and I'd be interested to know if overseas readers/listeners would recognise their own politicians in the characters too.
"Very interesting but weak plot"
A fascinaring portrait of the corridoors of power and the trade unions. However not convincong that the whole of the left of the Labour Party would give in so easily. A bit of an unlucky coincidence that Harry's personal life tripped him up. It would have been more convincing if there had been another power struggle over one of Harry's policies. Some things a bit stereotyped.
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