In her latest novel, JK Rowling returns to her usual genre to depict a make-believe world of despicable cruelty and shameless corruption, peopled by ruthless, semi-human creatures devoid of any moral compass. These ‘politicians’, as they are known, keep the reader on the edge of his seat with their bizarre affectations, absurd spouses and inclinations to slip each other’s moorings. The book opens with a naked display of bandwagon-jumping as the eponymous anti-heroine, Sally Bercow, ruthlessly fingers Lord Whose-name-cannot-be-spoken. However, she has her come-uppance when her mortal enemy, Lord You-know-who, gives her the finger back in an emotional and surprising twist. Fans will be pleased that we are left expecting a sequel, as in the closing dramatic sequence, Sally Bercow declares ‘I don’t know what the fuss is about, and I am available for after-dinner speeches [innocent face]’.
Sally Bercow and the Finger of Blame
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