Anita Brookner

  • The President’s Child by Fay Weldon
    Hodder, 220 pp, £6.95, September 1982, ISBN 0 340 24564 6
  • Silence among the Weapons by John Arden
    Methuen, 343 pp, £7.95, August 1982, ISBN 0 413 49670 8
  • The Facilitators, or Mister Hole-in-the-Day by Peter Redgrove
    Routledge, 173 pp, £6.95, September 1982, ISBN 0 7100 9214 8
  • Pleasure City by Kamala Markandaya
    Chatto, 341 pp, £7.95, September 1982, ISBN 0 7011 2617 5
  • Worldly Goods by Michael Korda
    Bodley Head, 347 pp, £7.95, September 1982, ISBN 0 370 30932 4
  • Dutch Shea Jr by John Gregory Dunne
    Weidenfeld, 352 pp, £7.50, September 1982, ISBN 0 297 78164 2

The President’s Child works, effortlessly, on many levels. First, it is a political thriller. Isabel Rust, a television producer and former hack reporter, once had an affair with a man who is supposedly being groomed as Democratic candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Her apparently spotless marriage was hastily contrived by her to provide a home for herself and the child of that previous union. On the surface, all is middle-class respectability in Camden Town. But as news coverage of the Primaries increases, people begin to notice the resemblance between Isabel’s son and his real father: Isabel herself is seen by the candidate’s campaign managers as a potential menace, and various moves, entirely credible, are made to dispose of her.

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