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Kitchen Venom

Kitchen Venom by Philip Hensher

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By Philip Hensher

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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.


19 Jun 2020


Enjoyed this political/family drama for its sly humour, its revelations about the banality of life in Westminster and because of the slow burn that almost imperceptibly increases in tension as the story progresses. Sad that the author lost his job as a Commons Clerk for writing a novel with Commons Clerks in it but maybe a good thing for literature. Probably means the story is a bit too close to the bone for some.

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