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.
John is 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...
philip hensher is Chief Literary Critic for the Spectator, and regularly reviews in the best UK and US newspapers and journals. His other books include The Mulberry Empire, Kitchen Venom, Pleasured and The Bedroom of the Mister's Wife.