‘Before turning his considerable talent to the prose form,
effortlessly turning out the kind of clever, drily comic literary
novels that tend to invite praise,
Ken Champion used tocraft elegant, narrative verse.
Times change however, and for his latest novel Champion has changed
gear to accommodate the conspicuously angry mood of the moment.
Further sharpening an increasingly political style, THE POLITICOS is
his most engaged piece of writing yet; using a twin-track narrative
to confront the major issues of the age, taking in class, ideology,
immigration, identity and alienation.
And as befits a seasoned portraitist of a changing
London, he neatly captures the shifting
landscape and language of the city he so clearly loves, embracing
the personal as well as the political in an epic novel that makes us
think, laugh and cry. Expect to be tantalised and challenged;
even shocked as Champion turns his withering gaze on
Have no doubt; THE POLITICOS is the authentic sound of the
Chris Connelley, Hastings
Champion’s novels don’t fit conventional genres, but are always
intellectually satisfying. In this, two men - a left wing
professor and a neophyte conservative member of Parliament - are
involved with a politically committed woman. Champion enriches his
story with a study of class differences, a critique of Freudian
psychology, and the architecture of London in a gripping narrative of love and