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A Scandalous Man

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
His near death made all the news channels despite the fact that the Prime Minister had called an election on that very day. The Prime Minister regarded him as the hard man, and depended on him because he brought solutions, not problems. But the political deals he had to do had their price and someone, sometime was going to have to pay it.
Paperback, 397 pages
Published November 3rd 2008 by Harper (first published January 1st 2008)
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Bookworm Amir
Apr 11, 2011 Bookworm Amir rated it it was amazing
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Awesome, lovely book. Very humane, subtle in its politickings, and the politickings, yes, I LOVED That! There's actually 2, 3 co-current scandals running at the same time. The main one of course is the Allies-Iraq War where it was staged of sorts to fight it. The other humane scandals focused on revival and rebirth of love and human, and well of Robert Burnett with other women in his life. You'd feel pity and understanding for why he 'cheated'. Next thing that I liked also is the case-study ...more
Valerie Penny
I know of Gavin Esler as he is a newscaster and reporter in the UK. I chose his book in my local library because I was sure I would enjoy it. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Esler was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 27 February 1953 and is a Scottish BBC television presenter, journalist and author. He was educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh. He gained a BA in English and American literature from the at the University of Kent, England and an MA in Anglo-Irish literature with ...more
James Rye
Because of my respect for the author as a journalist I had high hopes for this book, and although I enjoyed it in parts, ultimately, I felt frustrated by it. I know it is too simplistic to summarise over 400 pages in such a way, but I felt the book suffered because the author couldn't quite decide whether he was a novelist or a journalist.

There is much that is good about the book. I thought the early part especially was written with in a sharp, compelling style, that was occasionally witty about
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Elaine
Sep 21, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
My first foray into the world of political fiction and not bad. Not bad at all...
Bookhuw
Feb 24, 2013 Bookhuw rated it liked it
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Esler is an accomplished guide, illustrating the consequences of the rise to power of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979, step by step to modern day domestic terrorism and Middle East tensions, in a perfectly readable book. That said, whilst the Iran-Iraq war, Contragate, and the Conservative party's dalliance with being a personality cult all make for gripping subjects, Esler can’t exactly be credited with coming up with these ideas, however authentically he writes about them. And when it ...more
Victoria
At first I thought I wasn't going to like this, I didn't think the political context would be real enough, but it caught me several chapters in. An intriguing reflection on British politics and foreign policy, from someone with the knowledge to tell it authentically, interspersed with a very real tale of human emotion and family conflict. Made me want to read more about the Middle East. Slightly strange use of UK street slang though.
Hasan
Apr 07, 2013 Hasan rated it really liked it
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Great woven skill of embedding fiction into fact, Esler took the reader onto a journey from 1979 -2005, with the rise of Thatcherism, Khomeni, Iran-Iraq war, contracted, rise of neo-con politics, New Labour and 7/7. The portrayal of characters in reality was what kept me enticed throughout the book. Gain Esler the journalist in my eyes is great, Gavin Esler the author is even greater.
Sorcha
Nov 04, 2011 Sorcha added it
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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
Justine Stewart
Apr 26, 2014 Justine Stewart rated it it was amazing
I loved this book but I think he carried too many stories through it. There was enough going on with Harry and Robin without the Muslim subplot. But still a great read
Lisa
May 05, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
I was surprised. I enjoyed this sort of political tale. Bits can be remembered as fact, and other parts are true fiction. Nevertheless it melds into a good read.
Portia
Feb 08, 2013 Portia rated it liked it
Written by a journalist and it shows. Characterisation and writing patchy. Maybe the politics has some truth in it but it is fiction so no need to justify assertions.
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Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books, The United States of Anger, and most recently Lessons from the Top, a study of how leaders tell stories to make other people follow them. It’s based on personal encounters with a wide variety of leaders, from Bill Clinton and Angela Merkel to Tony ...more
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