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Brought up in Switzerland, the only son of well-to-do parents, Charles Fryerne is somewhat unprepared for the world he meets when he goes up to Oxford University in the early 1980s. There he meets a fascinating social set, including a stellar young playwright, a student dubbed ‘the future leader of the Conservative party’ and a mercurial figure with ambitions to become the youngest prime minister since Pitt.

When they leave university, the characters go their separate ways. But as Charles’s career as a journalist takes off, he finds himself once more in their orbit and observes at first hand the price of ambition, and the inner workings of the political machine. And when the country’s future leader accidentally hits an owl on a country road, there are difficult choices to be made…

DEATH OF AN OWL is a satire on political expediency and spin from the author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN.

(p) 2016 Orion Publishing Group

Reviews

best suited to a fireside on a winter's night, but it's no less satisfying for that
DAILY MAIL
A delightful Gothic fantasy... Witty and well-crafted - completed with panache
THE GUARDIAN
Compelling blend of morality and satire
SUNDAY MIRROR
Skeweringly accurate... The Death of an Owl will ring true with anyone who has ever hate politicians or fallen out of love
EVENING STANDARD
Piers has taken up the story so perfectly that you can't see the join.
THE TIMES
The Death of an Owl makes the journey from well-crafted and urbane political novel to spooky melodrama with elegance. A pleasure to read
DAILY EXPRESS