PUTSCH

PUTSCH: Principle, ambition, compromise, intrigue, threats, sex… well that’s politics…

Putsch tells the story of Raphael Sinclair and the Insurgency he leads to transform politics in post New Labour Britain. Starting with a group of young acolytes, impatient for change, fired up by principle, the rough world of politics and the complexity of their relationships cause the Insurgents to compromise, take risks with all the ruthlessness of the old guard.

On the road to power, friendships get strained, affairs start and end, and people even get killed. And at the centre of it all, Sinclair ducks and weaves trying to hold his faction together and risking everything to win. The setting of this story is clearly Britain post New Labour.

'Juicy'

~ Politico’s Playbook

'Putsch is a mean (said lovingly), funny, compelling read about British politics that combines a very taut plot (I blew off an afternoon of work just because I had to know how it ended), drawn-in-full characters, and a subtle and deep understanding of both how our game is played and how it plays us'

~ Walter Ludwig, political campaigner and adviser from the US

'A totally riveting read - Fifty shades for the Westminster Villagers'

~ David Poyser

'Page-turning thriller with real insight into the febrile politics of today...uncannily on the mark about real-world political events, with several incidents prefiguring the real news stories of the recent past'

~ the book review blog Himoverthere

'Julian Priestley's 'Putsch' is great fun...the perfect book to understand the rise and fall of the Camerons, Corbyns and Johnsons... a fun read'

~ Professor George Ross

Julian Priestley

Julian Priestley

the author

Julian Priestley is the author of five books and many articles, reviews and opinion pieces, covering many political themes.

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On the road to power, friendships get strained, affairs start and end, and people even get killed. And at the centre of it all, Sinclair ducks and weaves trying to hold his faction together and risking everything to win. The setting of this story is clearly Britain post New Labour.

How the book came to be written before anyone had heard of Jeremy Corbyn is a story in itself. Reviews have marvelled at ‘Putsch’s’ prescience.

Background

I started composing ‘Putsch’ in my head at the end of the Brown years, when the Labour Party was losing its way, and just before the financial crisis broke. The Blair project had run out of steam and the Labour Party seemed right for takeover. And I wanted to add the sexual diversity dimension and see how that impacted on politics. One inspiration was Hilary Mantell’s ‘A Place of Greater Safety’, her epic novel of the French Revolution which describes how a small group of young revolutionaries changed the world and then fell out among themselves and took the path of destruction (hence the David painting). To stand any chance the young revolutionaries need a vehicle, a figurehead who has the qualities necessary to overthrow the ‘ancien regime’ and shift the political centre of gravity. They choose a young ex-minister with many qualities but his sexual orientation complicates matters. And as their Insurgency takes off, as his colourful private life becomes very public, and as a torrid and increasingly violent mood takes hold, the young ideologues start wondering ‘who is using whom?’ Can they ‘control’ Raphael Sinclair or is it he who is exploiting them?

I originally called the book ‘Insurgency’ but when I changed the narrative form and had three different characters telling the story from their different perspectives, I chose a title that is more immediate. “The book has just been in e-form until now. But from now you can order it in paper form. And it has benefitted from a more professional proof read.

Amazon take reviews from readers. You can read the UK reviews here (there are also reviews from in the US and in Canada).

A warning; this book is not for the fainthearted, squeamish or idealistic. And I fear there will be a sequel. Quite a few readers say that this would be perfect for a TV series. I’m open to offers.