A Very British Coup – Chris Mullin

A political satire from a similar school of thought as Yes Minister, A Very British Coup describes the difficulties an extreme left-wing government would have in implementing its anti-establishment manifesto.

Mullin gives life to the corridors of power, creating a believable conspiracy agains the Labour government in the first two thirds of the book. Unfortunately the last third of the book does not live up to these expectations, as the conspiracy (whether intentional or not) ratchets up to fantastical levels.

This book should be longer, and this last third is left desperately tying up ends and characters which were begun in the first part of the book. Whether this is due to a slack editor or one which is addicted to page count is not clear however. This does not stop the book being an enjoyably humorous attack on the British establishment, which I enjoyed reading.

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