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Summary

Against the odds, former steel worker Harry Perkins has led the Labour Party to a stunning victory. His manifesto includes the removal of American bases, public control of finance, and the dismantling of media empires.

The Establishment is appalled. Something must be done. As MI5 conspires with the City and the press barons to bring Perkins down, he finds himself caught up in a no-holds-barred battle for survival.

©1982 Chris Mullin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Did not live up to expectations.

I expected more from a classic book that has twice been adapted for television.

The plot was weak, pretty well the whole story had already been told in the two lines of the published Audible summary.

We kept being introduced to new characters endlessly, it was like War and Peace, but a story of just 7 hrs 42 Mins did not justify that many characters. It was hard to keep track of who they all were.

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What happens when elites club together

This book is a fantastic book and has real resonance for politics today. Imagine if Corbyn was elected PM? I sense that his fate would be similar to that of the main character in this story. A gripping tale.

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A good read

Given the current Brexit debacle my own views are that this book represents exactly what does go on behind the scenes and within the establishment passing itself of as democracy in the U.K.

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Made you wonder how true it could be

Entertaining how the establishment got rid of a lefty Labour PM. Some of it rang true ( remember the Corbyn is a threat to National Security statements)
Not A first-class story but very acceptable

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a timeless political thriller

this is well written and extremely entertaining narration. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in British politics

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A classic

Well read and a great story, I full recommend this book. Harry 4PM

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Gripping. Plausible. Prescient.

Despite having been written over 20yrs ago, this absorbing and unnerving story tells how the establishment protected itself when threatened by a democratically elected government. As such it remains as relevant now as it was then. Excellently read.

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compelling and realistic

What did you like most about A Very British Coup?

The way the story is plausable

What other book might you compare A Very British Coup to, and why?

The ragged Trouser Philanthropist as life goes in cycles

Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favourite?

The PM

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Must see what the establishment can do to the people you chose

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Making politics interesting

How would The Establishment react if an ultra-socialist Labour leader actually got voted into Number 10? That's the question posed by this novel and the drama unfolds satisfyingly throughout. There is (yes, unsurprisingly!) a lot of politics but it doesn't really get in the way of the story. I found myself nodding sagely at the characters behaviour at several points - how true! A Very British Coup is also a Very British Book and I'd be interested to know if overseas readers/listeners would recognise their own politicians in the characters too.

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Ahead of its time!

What an excellent audio book and ahead of its time by 20 years. Maybe this book is the reason why the majority of MPs are either public school or University bred now, rather than formerly working class or from local constituencies, where they what real people have to suffer and put up with. A great Audible production only made possible by a great narrator and a great author in Chris Mullin. Listen to this book to remind yourself what British politics is really like.

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A Very Interesting Tale of Politics and Betrayal

Harry Perkins is elected Prime Minister of the UK in an election that leaves the conservatives reeling. His platform is radical, left-wing, and from day one his enemies begin to rally against him. 'A Very British Coup' is a story about the rise of a government, and a look at what can happen in a democracy when you have the wrong, or should that be right, enemies.

Chris Mullin reads the story well, going from Perkin's thick Yorkshire accent to the polished Oxbridge accents of Perkin' conservative enemies, to the American accents of the US interests who involve themselves in the story. So effective is his narration that the gum chewing of the American President will grate on your nerves (or at least, it did mine ...)

This audiobook will appeal to those who love political thrillers like House of Cards, and was adapted into a highly acclaimed mini-series.

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