Seventy-Two Virgins is a comic political novel, with similar appeal to Stephen Fry or Ben Elton, written by one of Britain's most popular politicians. It is Boris Johnson’s first novel.
The American President, on a State Visit to Britain is giving a major address to a top-level audience in Westminster Hall. Ferocious security – with some difficulties in communication – is provided by a joint force of the United States Secret Service and Scotland Yard. The best sharpshooters from both countries are stationed on the roof of the Parliament buildings.
Then a stolen ambulance runs into trouble with the Parking Authorities. A hapless Member of Parliament, having mislaid his crucial pass, is barred from Westminster, his bicycle regarded as a potential lethal weapon. And a man going by the name of Jones, although born in Karachi, successfully slips through the barriers, and whole new ball game starts.
Despite the united efforts of the finest security minds, events begin to spin out of control. A remarkable new worldwide reality television show dominates the airwaves. And the most unlikely heroes emerge…
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‘An effortlessly brilliant page-turner.’ Daily Telegraph
Praise for Boris Johnson and Friends, Voters, Countrymen:
‘Johnson has cracked the art of making politics invigorating.’Daily Telegraph
‘Such an entertaining read.’ Daily Mail
‘It is very funny and has, in short, all the idiosyncracies of its author.’ Jeremy PaxmanFrom the Author:
It maybe a truism but I wrote this novel because I had to.
I had long wanted to write fiction but had never quite got round to it. Then last year when I was planning to work on a quite different book, the idea of a political thriller set in one day in the Palace of Westminster came into my head. It was irresistible. I rose every day at 4am to write. The characters, the scenario, the developments of the plot took on a life of their own - which is supposed to be the mark of a good story. I will leave you to be the judge of that but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am - clearly - interested in politics, in the way politicians work, in the life of Westminster. I find the interaction with our closest ally endlessly fascinating. So a novel which presented a shocking event at Westminster and involved Members of Parliament, the political establishment, some apparently disenfranchised zealots and a worldwide audience participating in a novel form of voter power enabled me to share many of my interests with readers to my, and I hope their, enjoyment.
It is strange how few political novels are written in Britain and yet all human interest, plenty of drama and some comedy is there. Perhaps Seventy Two Virgins will lead the return to political thrillers.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007195907
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007195907