Today I am reviewing on its publication day the re-release of Polls Apart by Clare Johnston, published by Bloodhound Books.
Richard Williams has risen in the ranks of British politics and is a stone’s throw from becoming prime minister. But his wife’s latest scandal puts everything he’s worked for in jeopardy—and his adviser is putting pressure on him to cut her loose.
Anna Lloyd, a famous actress, may have embarrassed her husband one too many times, but she sees an opportunity to come clean about her past—including a secret more shocking than any already revealed in the media. The only problem is she might lose her marriage and her beloved sister in the process.
Marie Simpson is a tabloid reporter who’s been tasked with taking Richard and Anna down. Her work will set in motion a personal and political drama that fascinates the public. But will her doubts about destroying lives interfere with the ultimate scoop?
I had never been a fan of politics and avoided it at all costs. That is until I accidentally clicked on CNN back in 2020 looking for something to watch. They were covering the Biden and Trump election and being anti Trump (more the man than the politics), I thought I would just watch a bit. Well a bit turned into a 3 week obsession where I could not tear myself away from it, staying up until all hours of the morning due to the time difference. I just could not get enough!
When I was given the opportunity to read Polls Apart, I jumped at the chance. My feelings about politics is so different now and I was looking forward to getting a behind the scenes account in this book. Well, I certainly got that and more with this tale! It covers the seedier side of an election campaign, a tit for tat mudsling on the opposing candidates as they try to sway voters, the role journalists play, some with their own agenda, reporting stories whether true or not and how appearances are everything, even at the risk of losing the one you say you love the most.
This is a well written and believable account of what goes on away from the public eye. With a strong cast of characters that bring it all to life, I throughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more from Clare Johnston.
Thank you to Clare Johnston and Bloodhound Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Polls Apart, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Let’s Get to Know Clare Johnston
Clare Johnston is a journalist and vlogger who has featured frequently on TV and radio, with appearances on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, The Kaye Adams Programme, comedy satire show Breaking the News on BBC Radio Scotland and STV2.
She is a former editorial director of Press Association Scotland, commercial editor and columnist with the Daily Record, and now works with the DC Thomson Media group as a digital skills and innovation partner. She shares opinion and independent consumer reviews on her YouTube channel, The Honest Channel.
Her first novel, Polls Apart, was published in 2011, followed by From the Outside in 2019.