Literary politicians

Via The Week (UK edition, as is evident from the extract below):

Politicians don’t tend to be novel readers, or writers, Disraeli apart. Better, like Roy Jenkins and William Hague, to stick to political biography, which they’re rather good at. Politicians aren’t really interested in the human condition, apart from the condition of one human — themselves. So when they turn their hand to fiction, the results are often startling. Douglas Hurd was so out of touch in his thriller The Shape of Ice that he called the remote control "the television commander".

Harry Mount, The Daily Telegraph.

2 thoughts on “Literary politicians

  1. According to my ex-agent Boris Johnson has written a very good novel…while he was on the beach on holiday apparently. It’s called 72 Virgins. I haven’t read it.

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