The Shape of Ice - Douglas HurdLittle, Brown & Co., 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
From the cover: “A year on from Tony Blair’s crushing defeat at the General Election, the Conservative government cruises into the new parliamentary session with a comfortable lead in the opinion polls. As tolerable inflation and low unemployment work their soothing magic, Britain drifts into political slumber.
For Prime Minister Simon Russell, however, returning to Westminster after a serious heart attack, it is no time for complacency. Withstanding his wife’s pressure to resign, he moves from meeting to meeting, policy committee to party conference with a new anxiety about his colleagues. Should he fear the Chancellor’s ruthless efficiency? Should he welcome the Home Secretary’s disarming insouciance? Is he becoming too dependent, for emotional support and ideological substance, on the girl who is his press secretary?
Cosseted by, civil servants, petitioned by backbenchers and pursued by the tabloids, Russell at first enjoys his own skill in the political arena. The first IRA bomb attack for five years concentrates the government’s attention on a consuming issue, and suddenly, irrevocably, the Prime Minister is assaulted by crises at home, abroad and in his family life. Events pile up relentlessly. Popular revolutionaries in Russia; corruption in Hong Kong; overcrowded prisons in turmoil — as incidents rise from nowhere, as decisions are hourly demanded, Simon Russell begins a daunting struggle for political and personal survival.
Brilliantly conveying the unrelenting pressure of political existence at the highest level, The Shape of Ice shuttles the reader from routine parliamentary procedure to a media-fuelled international military crisis, from the G8 Summit to the Prime Minister’s most private moments, in a novel of stark authenticity and escalating tension.”