Family Politics

Family Politics


‘Deft comic moments’ Independent
‘This novel is brilliant fun’ I Paper
'The funniest book about politics I have ever read' Alistair Campbell
‘A joy to read but it is also highly relevant to the contemporary culture' John Boyne
'Blending sharp satire with wit... a comedic reflection on the divided world' The Scotsman
‘Hilarious…O’Farrell knows his stuff and, in an election year, his wry take on British politics at its most febrile is terrific value’ Mail on Sunday

All across Britain, a generation of grown-up children are graduating from university, moving back in to their old bedrooms and showing their gratitude by berating their parents for their out-of-date politics.

But for proud and high-profile left-wingers Emma and Eddie Hughes, the return of their only child is a far greater challenge than they ever could have anticipated. Young Dylan had warned them there was something personal he needed to tell them, but nothing could have prepared his right-on parents for the shocking revelation he delivers. Their son is a Conservative.

John O’Farrell’s highly popular family novels such as May Contain Nuts or The Best A Man Can Get meet the razor-sharp political satire of Things Can Only Get Better in this hilarious and warm-hearted antidote to our divided times. Read it and pass it on to that annoying relative who votes the other way.

Praise for John O'Farrell

'John O’Farrell couldn’t be unfunny if he tried’ Alan Johnson
‘Razor sharp and warm-hearted’ Sainsbury's Magazine
'He writes women so well. He writes funny women even better' Angela Barnes
'More laugh-out-loud gags than the Tory Party has had recent leadership campaigns' Big Issue
'Britain’s greatest comedy writer' Will Gompertz, former BBC Arts and Culture correspondent
‘A touch of self-deprecation and a sense of humour… John O’Farrell has these qualities in spades’ Guardian
‘If everyone read this book the country would be a far better place. I laughed, I cried, I loved it’ Jim Down

About the author

John O'Farrell

John O'Farrell's first book Things Can Only Get Better about his years spent helping the Labour Party lose elections at every level was a number one best-seller. Two decades later he published the sequel Things Can Only Get Worse. In between his two comic memoirs, he published five novels, including The Best A Man Can Get, May Contain Nuts and The Man Who Forgot His Wife; two funny history books (An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and its sequel) plus three collections of his satirical columns from The Guardian.

His books have been translated into over thirty languages and adapted for TV and radio. Formerly a comedy scriptwriter for shows such as Spitting Image and Have I Got News For You, he more recently co-wrote the movie Chicken Run 2, the Broadway musicals Something Rotten! and Mrs Doubtfire and the forthcoming Just For One Day - The Story of Live Aid, which opens at the Old Vic in 2024.
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