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The Iron Bird (Paperback)

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Forget pigs and carthorses and bring on the Big Beasts, because Animal Farm has been reimagined. This time it's the creatures in the zoo that have decided to take back control. And instead of a parable about the evils of communism, the fable is the life of Margaret Thatcher.



It's 2010, and Baroness Thatcher (a lappet-faced vulture) is losing it. And so she's an unreliable narrator: grand, uncompromising, deluded. But before she drops off her perch, it's time to set the record straight. What turned a grocer's daughter from Grantham into the most powerful woman in the world? What put all that infamous iron into her soul?



And it's also time to take a satirical swipe at other, more recent prime ministers. Who is the battle-scarred rhino caught in the glare of the spotlights? And why does he agree with Nick? What animal is David Cameron? And why would Lady Thatcher want to inspect some organ that has been inserted into the mouth of a pig?



`Hilarious - sometimes devastatingly so.' - Lindsay Clarke, prize-winning author of The Chymical Wedding

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Humour Publisher: Unbound Publication Date: 07/02/2019 ISBN-13: 9781912618309  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Robert studied English and Drama at the University of London - a degree that led to a brief career in casting, and assistant credits on several films, including WONDERLAND (1999) and 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (2002). In the mid-2000s, though, he realised he could no longer ignore an idea he'd been nurturing for a novel about Margaret Thatcher, and began a process of research that took him from some of the most dilapidated zoos in Eastern Europe to the West Wing of the White House, where he learned a secret about the grocer's daughter from Grantham that he has never revealed. In an attempt to recover from an overexposure to the gushing memoirs of certain Conservative politicians, he retreated to a small town in the foothills of the Italian Alps, accepted a teaching position at a local secondary school, and put pen to paper. Despite the disappointing result of the EU referendum, he still considers himself European. And so he divides his time between Bristol and Bergamo, where he has an Italian civil partner and a pigeon-infested restoration project. THE IRON BIRD is his first novel.

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