Time and Fate by Lance Price

Time and Fate

Lance Price

A sharp political satire, written by a Downing Street insider. He claims that it's entirely fictional, but it features a recognisable cast of politicians on the make, spin doctors and paranoid security chiefs. I found it witty without ever being really funny, and clever rather than engaging. If you enjoy the likes of Alastair Beaton and Armando Iannuci, I'm sure it will be right up your street.

Extract

The plane started to rumble forwards. Helen Griffith had taken her seat at the opposite side of the First Class cabin. She'd kicked her shoes off and was on her second glass of champagne. She'd seen Sinclair's vacillating performance in front of the journalists with her own eyes and assumed that was what they were so deep in conversation about. There wasn't much point in adding her own commentary on how crap he'd been.

Parallels
  • Spin by Martin Sixsmith
  • The Trial of Tony Blair (TV Film) by Alastair Beaton
  • The Queen and I by Sue Townsend

Books with similar mood

His 'n' Hers

Mike Gayle

The Pleasure of My Company

Steve Martin

The Anatomy School

Bernard MacLaverty

Almost Like Being In Love

Steve Kluger

Diva Book of Short Stories

Helen Sandler

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

Helen Fielding

In the Pond

Ha Jin

Backpack

Emily Barr

My Cleaner

Maggie Gee

Bitter Sweets

Roopa Farooki

A Bit of Difference

Sefi Atta

The Understudy

David Nicholls

One Day, Someday

Lynne Barrett-Lee

Class Act

Alison Norrington

Frankie and Stankie

Barbara Trapido

White Powder, Green Light

James Hawes

Standing in the Rainbow

Fannie Flagg

Only in America

Dominic Holland

Park and Ride

Miranda Sawyer

Digging to America

Anne Tyler

Asghar and Zahra

Sameer Rahim

Unexpected Lessons in Love

Bernadine Bishop

A Boy of Good Breeding

Miriam Toews

The Mobile Library: the Case of the Missing Books

Ian Sansom

The Hacker and the Ants

Rudy Rucker

The Chancers

Damian Lanigan

Half a World Away

Tom Bromley

Paddy Indian

Cauvery Madhavan

Point of Sale

Peter Sansom

Own Goals

Phil Andrews

Twelve

Vanessa Jones

Love and Fallout

Kathryn Simmonds

The Kilburn Social Club

Robert Hudson

And Now You Can Go

Vendela Vida

Startling Moon

Liu Hong

The Love Parade

Matthew Branton

Faint Praise

Ellen Hart

Diary of a Provincial Lesbian

V G Lee

The Dissident

Nell Freudenberger

Three Girls and their Brother

Theresa Rebeck

This Book Will Save Your Life

A M Homes

Five Days of Fog

Anna Freeman

Stonemouth

Iain Banks

The Northern Clemency

Philip Hensher

In Bed With ...

Jessica Adams and others

The Ivy Chronicles

Karen Quinn

Having a Lovely Time

Jenny Eclair

The Dancers Dancing

Eilis Ni Dhuibhne