Kitchen Venom

Kitchen Venom WINNER OF A SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD A stunning novel of political life betrayal and passion which lifts the lid on vice within the Palace of Westminster and cost Hensher his job as a House of Co

  • Title: Kitchen Venom
  • Author: Philip Hensher
  • ISBN: 9780007152421
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • WINNER OF A SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD 1997 A stunning novel of political life, betrayal and passion, which lifts the lid on vice within the Palace of Westminster and cost Hensher his job as a House of Commons clerk At the centre of this book is John, a distinguished widower with a hump, two daughters, and an important job in the House of Commons He also has a fondneWINNER OF A SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD 1997 A stunning novel of political life, betrayal and passion, which lifts the lid on vice within the Palace of Westminster and cost Hensher his job as a House of Commons clerk At the centre of this book is John, a distinguished widower with a hump, two daughters, and an important job in the House of Commons He also has a fondness for visiting rent boys in the afternoons, and a passion for secrecy Sharp and funny a beautifully polished performance Times Literary Supplement Sex, politics and death are the classic themes of Hensher s original novel Set in Parliament at the time of the fall of Margaret Thatcher, it follows the disintegration of the family of a Commons clerk Hensher is both sharp and melancholic Here he is on Thatcher When she walked she seemed to extinguish a cigarette beneath every pace in her walk, it could be seen that she was in the right Observer Incisive characterisation, first class dialogue Set amid the wigs and gowns of parliamentary officialdom, Philip Hensher s second novel exposes the hidden tensions in apparently banal lives Sunday Telegraph

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    1. Having read 3 of Philip Hensher's later novels (King of the Badgers, Northen Clemancy and Mulberry Empire) in the last 6 months or so, I was looking forward to reading his 2nd novel. Unfortunately it's a rather dull piece of work. It's not without it's moments - there is a wonderful desction of Mrs Thatcher's walk and some great dialogue when Jane is involved. However, the book lacks coherence and the parts set in Westminster are very disappointing.

    2. I honestly have no idea what I thought of this book. There was middle class family stuff going on. There was house of parliament stuff going on. I never knew or had any emotions about the characters. But I feel I've missed something vital. Not sure what though. And I can't say I didn't like it.

    3. This was the first book I read by the author. A really dull piece of work that superficially ramble about so that you don't feel much for any of the characters, perhaps Jane's helplessness. Then it rambles from House of Commons, an intriguing piece about Mrs Thatcher, also some unpredictable, meaningless events. I read it on a long bus journey, nothing about the book made it pleasurable.

    4. Clever writing but characters' actions and motives were not credible. Funny in places but overall a disappointment.

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