Douglas Hurd's fine political novel, set in the near future, eloquently conveys the sheer anarchic pressure of political life at the top - the way problems jostle for attention in the day, with the small ones prevailing because they are urgent, and the pressure slowly building until it distorts judgement and relationships. With the narrative momentum of a good thriller, THE SHAPE OF ICE reflects the way ominous events can develop from near-invisibility into momentous crises, like the slowly growing iceberg that finally sank the Titanic. PM Simon Russell's personal alarm clock is ticking away. Beyond No.10. prison riots, bombs in Ireland, corporate blackmail in China and civil unrest in Russia jostle for his attention. From the smallest details of the PM's office to the global significance of an international crisis, THE SHAPE OF ICE unfolds the political process with real authenticity.
Douglas Hurd is a former Minister for Northern Ireland and Foreign Secretary in Margaret Thatcher's Government. He was also Political Secretary to Edward Heath when he was Prime Minister (1970-74), becoming Lord Hurd of Westwell in the 1997 honours lists.
A fascinating portrait of his chosen trade
Max Hastings, EVENING STANDARD
full of sharp observation and fascinating detail...a riveting read
an intriguing, unusual and ambitious consideration of the political life
MAIL ON SUNDAY
It is a rare book that demands a reread within a few months of its being put down... THE SHAPE OF ICE slips into that category.