This new novel by Gillian Slovo was inspired by her extensive research for a 2011 play loosely based on the London riots.
It's 4:00 a.m., and dawn is about to break over the Lovelace estate. Cathy Mason drags herself out of bed as she swelters in her overheated bedroom - the council still haven't turned the radiators off despite temperatures reaching the 30s.
In a kitchen across London, Home Secretary Peter Whiteley enjoys the tea that his security detail left for him before he joins his driver and heads to Parliament whilst his new police chief, Joshua Yares, clears his head for his first day with a run. All three will have reasons to recollect this morning as their lives collide over ten days they will never forget.
Ten Days takes an unflinching look at how lives are ruined and careers are made when small misjudgements have profound effects on frustrated communities and damaged individuals.
"An extraordinary novel - a page-turner thick with greed, ambition, love and secrets, and simultaneously an incisive portrayal of power and powerlessness in today's Britain." (Kamila Shamsie)
"Ten Days of tension, trouble and tough truths - Gillian Slovo tells it like it almost certainly is - she's written a cracker." (Val McDemid)
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Thrilling political intrigue
Predictable and dreary
The story was predicable and dreary with two dimensional characters who I cared little for. This is my first review, I don't normally post anything but I thought my effort might save somebody else from buying this book.
Unlikely on this performance.
By not buying the book.
All of them.
Avoid and save your money.