Britain has a new Prime Minister and a new King. Francis Urquhart is a ruthless politician determined to cling to power in spite of the troubles he knows are ahead, but he is frustrated at every turn by a caring, idealistic monarch.
Their differences of opinion quickly degenerate into open hostility. The battlefield ranges from architecture to the underprivileged; the battle is fought with rigged opinion polls, manipulated newspaper headlines, sexual scandal and economic brinkmanship as Urquhart sets out to destroy not only the King’s family and friends but even the King himself.
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Bestselling author Michael Dobbs was at Mrs Thatcher’s side as she took her first step into Downing Street as Prime Minister and was a key aide to John Major when he was voted out. In between times he was bombed in Brighton, banished from Chequers and blamed for failing to secoure a Blair-Major television debate. He is now one of the country’s leading political commentators.
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