- Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Profile Books Ltd; Auflage: Main (14. Januar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846687403
- ISBN-13: 978-1846687402
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,6 x 19,8 cm
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A Very British Coup: The novel that foretold the rise of Corbyn (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. Januar 2010
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As fascinating as it was entertaining when it was first published ... it's disturbing how much still resonates. If Corbyn seeks a cautionary tale, he need look no further. -- Val McDermid * New Statesman * Rattles along with speed and great credibility * The Times * A delicious fantasy... crisply written and the story belts along * Observer * A world of power struggle in Downing Street, Fleet Street, Whitehall and Washington * New Statesman * A spiffing read... calculated to grip blue-rinsed Conservative ladies and make Socialist eyes pop * People * Chris Mullin's book is the first for some time that I have stayed awake to finish -- Ken Livingstone * Labour Herald * A curious Molotov cocktail * Financial Times * Entertaining propaganda * Literary Review * A very effective political thriller, which hasyou on the edge of your seat from start to finish * Oxford Mail * Entertaining to anyone interested in contemporary politics * Glasgow Herald * ...a brilliant concept that opened the way for my own novels -- Michael Dobbs Compulsive reading * City Limits *
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Chris Mullin was Member of Parliament for Sunderland South from 1987 until 2010. Before being elected as an MP, he worked as a journalist on the ITV documentary programme World in Action and had been editor of Tribune. His trilogy of political diaries, beginning with A View from the Foothills, are also published by Profile Books, as was his memoir Hinterland. A Very British Coup was made into an award winning television series in 1988.
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All in all a nice piece.
One of my favorite moments comes early in the program when the new Prime Minister is meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State. The Secretary is arguing that Britain needs nuclear weapons in order to defend itself.
"Vietnam didn't," the Prime Minister responds, and the Secretary walks out in a huff.
I don't know whether this show is available on DVD. I tried to order it years ago (I believe the program first aired in the early '90s) and got a DVD that wouldn't play on an American player. So my copy is on VHS.
I've also read the book by Chris Mullen, which has a different and much less satisfying ending.
The designers of this series are to be complimented on the sets, which reproduced the interiors of Number 10 Downing Street in a convincing manner (from pictures I have seen). The elegant imagining of the staircase, the cabinet room, and the residence stand in marked contrast to those of "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard," in which the interiors were so nondescript that I never believed for one minute that I was actually inside one of the most famous residences in London.
A drawback of this well-acted series [Among other actors, Clive Merrison is excellent as a slick BBC news presenter who excels in lobbing loaded questions at his guests.] is its rather faded look (although this probably can't be helped since the program was made for television in 1986). The series is also dated by the device that was likely included to give the story a hypothetical aspect: it refers to a king, which, since the Queen is still with us--and long may she reign!--and the Soviet Union has folded, detracts from the verisimilitude of the scenario. The most dated aspect of the film, however, is the use of what now seem like gothic computers with LED TV-like monitors that must hold about 55k of memory (Shades of my old Apple IIe!). One wonders whether the cell phones on "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" will seem like dinosaurs in twenty years!
To Acorn Media's credit, they have included a lengthy audio interview with the author as well as selected filmographies. As usual, there are no subtitles.
Each episode begins with disturbing images of burning debris falling into the Thames. The full significance of these does not impact the viewer until the end credits roll.
Although there are many comments that "A Very British Coup" is excellent, but dated, I find that events of the past few years, and the corresponding drop in international opinion of the US and its policies makes it very relevant today. Yes, it's very much situated at the end of the Cold War, but little seems to have changed.
And, after having seen it again, now I know why I found the end so very disturbing. It's somewhat ambiguous (wonderfully so), and I almost overlooked it completely. Only once the credits started to roll did I comprehend what my eyes and ears had seen, and how the story truly ended. Thank goodness for "rewind"!!