Books: Last Days of a Labour PM
Hari, Johann, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
Enough is Enough, or The Emergency Government
By Mark Lawson
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In Britain, we are suspicious of the notion that people in the public eye might be good at " wait for it " more than one thing. Yet Mark Lawson, the Philosopher-King of Newsnight Review, has produced the best fictional riff on the Thatcher years so far (Bloody Margaret) and a tight, elliptical thriller about the pre-Hutton BBC (Going Out Live), in addition to his debut, Idlewild, a beautiful political phantasmagoria about JFK and Marilyn.
With Enough is Enough, Lawson has melded the best of these works into a mosaic-novel about the last days of Harold Wilson. His mind failing, his political authority haemorrhaging, his paranoia triumphant, the Prime Minister looks out over a London that seems to be spiralling beyond democratic control. Rogue MI5 agents are convinced that 'Henry Worthington' (Wilson's code-name) is a Kremlin mole. The PM's pregnant secretary is blackmailing him ('one phone- call to the Daily Mail and it's all over') while Wilson's doctor offers to 'dispose of her' with a discreet injection. Some of Britain's most senior dignitaries, from the press tycoon Cecil King to that old Windsor-licker Lord Mountbatten, consider …
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Publication information: Article title: Books: Last Days of a Labour PM. Contributors: Hari, Johann - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: May 22, 2005. Page number: 26. © 2009 The Independent on Sunday. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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