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A Scandalous Man by Gavin Esler

A Scandalous Man

by Gavin Esler

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Written by Esler, the other, non-Paxman presenter of the heavyweight political show Newsnight on the BBC, this is a reasonable attempt at a novel with a heart in politics. The man in question is a Thatcherite who falls from grace due to a sex scandal, with other stories running along side of his now-grown-up son and living in a post 9/11 London
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This book is dedicated to my friends from Iran, Turkey and the Arab world, India and Pakistan, whose friendship and love inspires me.
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Father was murdered today.
I am angry ... at the incompetence and arrogance of those who seek power - and I was one of them - by wanting to make a difference and then end up being hooked on the crack cocaine of ambition and self interest.
...In Britain there are plenty of scandals but ... the supposed scandals always involve trivial and personal matters. The real scandals never make it to the newspapers. The supposed 'investigative reporters' are interested only in the bedroom, and only rarely venture into the boardroom or the Cabinet room. Pity.
...Parenthood, however we try to manage it, is simply a kind of lottery. You never know what might be ahead of you. Ever. One day you wake up and find out your only son has been murdered by a suicide bomber. One day you wake up and find that your only son is a suicide bomber.
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"A Scandalous Man is a compulsive story about the adrenalin of power, a novel that gives you the inside story of political life and the truth behind a real scandal." "Robin Burnett was one of the coming men of the government. Charismatic and hard-working, his easy charm disguised his ambition. His belief in action endeared him to his American counterparts. The deals they did together, out of sight of the media and the electorate, were pragmatic and propelled them to high office but their costs, their effects in the future, would be explosive." "When the scandal finally broke - twenty-four hour hungry media can be hard to avoid - it cost Robin Burnett his job, of course, but a very heavy price was paid by his family too, already estranged by the relentless demands of a remorseless drive to succeed." "Gavin Esler's novel gives a powerful sense of the headiness felt when the top job is within your grasp. But most of all this is a story that explains the real scandal behind tomorrow's headlines and why so many may have come to lose trust in the politicians' promises."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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