A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin

By Chris Mullin

This name positive aspects acclaimed political satire and T.V. drama now again in print with Serpent's Tail - from the prestigious diarist of "A View from the Foothills". Former metal employee Harry Perkins has, opposed to the entire odds, led the Labour celebration to a beautiful victory on the basic election. His manifesto comprises the removing of yank bases, public keep watch over of finance, and the dismantling of the newspaper monopolies. The institution is appalled via the possibility, and secretly comes to a decision that whatever has to be performed. As M15 conspires with the town and the clicking barons, Perkins the PM unearths himself in a no-holds-barred conflict for survival.

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The residences had seen better days a number of decades ago when the residents mistakenly believed Ile de Port Noir might become another Mediterranean playground. It never did. All the houses had paths to the street, but the last house in the row had a path obviously more trampled than the others. It belonged to an Englishman who had come to Port Noir eight years before under circumstances no one understood or cared to; he was a doctor and the waterfront had need of a doctor. Hooks, needles and knives were at once means of livelihood as well as instruments of incapacitation.

The words came first. They floated in the air as the early morning breeze off the sea cooled the room. “Who’s there? ” Washburn sat up in the cot, moved his legs quietly over the side, and rose slowly to his feet. It was important to make no jarring note, no sudden noise or physical movement that might frighten the patient into a psychological regression. The next few minutes would be as delicate as the surgical procedures he had performed; the doctor in him was prepared for the moment. “A friend,” he said softly.

Physically rearranged to the point where they no longer function as they once did. ” The man sat motionless. “The answer’s in Zurich,” he said. “Not yet. ” The weeks passed; the verbal exercises continued as the pages grew and the man’s strength returned. It was midmorning of the nineteenth week, the day bright, the Mediterranean calm and glistening. As was the man’s habit he had run for the past hour along the waterfront and up into the hills; he had stretched the distance to something over twelve miles daily, the pace increasing daily, the rests less frequent.

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