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Two corpses. A country on the edge of a political precipice. A conspiracy so bold it would make Machiavelli wince. Andrew Marr’s debut novel imagines what really might be going on behind the door of 10 Downing Street.

When a young investigative reporter is found dead on the streets of London few people notice. But when another body – minus its head and hands – is washed up on the banks of the Thames, its grisly condition arouses a little more interest.

There appears to be no connection between the two dead men. But, unsuspected by the electorate, there is a shocking and dangerous secret at the very heart of government. While the United Kingdom approaches a crucial and delicately-balanced referendum on Europe, a group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing – including murder – to prevent the truth from getting out.

Andrew Marr’s first novel is a gleefully twisted spin through the corridors of power. Making full use of his unrivalled inside knowledge of the British political scene, Marr has threaded his wickedly clever thriller with a distinctive strand of pitch-black humour, to offer an irreverent glimpse behind the parliamentary curtain.

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‘A satirical fantasia ... In Marr’s novel, full-blown farce and well-salted insider gossip edge into a sharper, if not wholly serious, look around the darker corners of the UK state ... The Machiavellian melodrama of House of Cards ... veers into The Thick of It, and then off into the shadows where fixers out of John Le Carre lurk ... here Marr excels ... Lively and enjoyable.’ Independent

‘Andrew Marr is a marvel ... what makes ‘Head of State’ worth reading is that Marr is unbuttoned ... witty and wicked’ Adam Boutlon, New Statesman

‘The hottest thriller in town’ Evening Standard

‘Brilliant’ Mail on Sunday

‘Riveting’ Sunday Times

‘Marr is a stylish writer ... his cast of characters are all lively, his brief sketch of King Charles III is a mini-masterpiece’ Sunday Express

‘I bow to no one in my admiration for the author of this book ... there are flowing passages and telling phrases that one would expect from such an accomplished writer ... the jokes are excellent and the inner workings of government ... are described with complete accuracy’ Guardian

‘The characterisation is excellent ... There are few shrewder observers of Westminster and Fleet Street than Marr, and his deft touch is apparent throughout ... Marr obviously had fun writing it, and communicates some of that fun to his readers’ Sunday Telegraph

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  • PublisherFourth Estate
  • Publication date2014
  • ISBN 10 0008101280
  • ISBN 13 9780008101282
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