House of Cards

House of Cards

Book - 1990
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REVISED AND UPDATED WITH BRAND NEW MATERIAL

The acclaimed political thriller that first introduced the unforgettable Francis Urquhart MP and launched Michael Dobbs' No 1 bestselling career - now updated with brand new material.

Michael Dobbs' entertaining tale of skulduggery and intrigue within the Palace of Westminster has been a huge hit with the public. Its scheming hero, Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, who uses fair means and foul to become Prime Minister, is one of the best-known characters of the last decade - the politician we all love to hate.

Acclaimed for its authenticity and insights into a secret world - the result of many years working behind the scenes for the Conservative Party - it became a highly popular, award-winning BBC TV series, with Francis Urquhart memorably portrayed by Ian Richardson, and was followed by two further sequels, 'To Play the King' and 'The Final Cut', which also became top-rating TV series.

Publisher: [London] : Fontana/Collins, 1990.
ISBN: 9780006176909
0006176909
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 18 cm.

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Jakedesnake
Sep 09, 2016

It's hard to get into this novel at first but, once you do, House of Cards is a masterpiece as far as thrillers go. Francis Urquhart is probably the most developed and interesting antihero in any book I've read. I've never watched the Netflix or BBC series, but reading this book made me want to plunge into the latter.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

This is a well-plotted tale of intrigue and ambition in British parliamentary politics, the first of a trilogy. Much more restrained and believable than the BBC adaptation. The latter has inspired a U.S. version, which I haven't seen.

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thegreatmagnet
Jul 17, 2012

Worth a read if you're a fan of the BBC miniseries, however in my opinion this is a rare example of the film version being superior to the book.

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