This book is unique for the evocation of a place through the rhythm of language - as used in conversation, or in suggesting how certain characters are thinking. It is very London - specifically parts of London that I know, where I have lived and met friends. It holds true for a wide perspective of time, from the eighties to the present.
The story of a solid British PM who gives into his primal desires. I love books that show the underside of slick, constructed facades. This one is very particular to a certain circle in London. We watch what happens when the passionate nature that effectively drove one man to success, is now his undoing.