The Doctor The Plutocrat and The Mendacious Minister

 

Synopsis:

DOCTOR LATYMER arrives on a council estate in Leicester, England, full of hope after the dreadful experiences of the war. He happily settles into life on the estate trying to forget the nightmare images in his memory. The young doctor quickly becomes the local miracle worker when he cures the attention-seeking hypochondriac Reginald, and takes the time to befriend a sad little boy who has lost his Mother.

However, when food poisoning strikes the estate residents, Doctor Latymer sets out to right injustices that he doesn’t fully understand. He tangles with Sir Brian Britley, the Plutocrat, and Sir Henry Norrington, the Mendacious Minister for the British Government. In the process, he unravels the delicate balance between rich and poor, and the struggling economy still reliant on rationing and the black market.

Doctor Latymer’s story is written in authentic British English, adding to the richness that brings the local characters to life as the reader is whisked back to 1948 post-war Britain.

Here’s another book I truly liked and since Glyn Pope is a writer I know and appreciate, but am not as close to as Joe Stein (see my previous post about his latest novel ‘That Twisted Thing Called Truth’) I did write a review when he asked me to.

Here we go! Review by Ruth Deborah Rey

Glyn Pope’s The Doctor The Plutocrat and The Mendacious Minister (Cactus Rain Publishing) is like a painting by one of the great masters, one of those with many different people, all doing different things and with different faces that show their different characters. With a stroke of the pencil the old masters managed to make those people live, breathe, have a certain tone of voice, dress code, smell and you name it.

In The Doctor The Plutocrat and The Mendacious Minister Glyn Pope dœs the same. With one stroke of his pen he puts his protagonists in a situation, projects it in their mono/ dialogue and out come beautiful cameos. No small feat, Mr Pope!

Also, and with equally perfectly distributed words, he paints the class division and housing and council estates in such a way that – not having lived in either and not really knowing them – one can easily walk around and know who lives where and what their house looks like. A lesson on ‘How to be sparse with words’ by Glyn Pope and one to pay attention to.

The Doctor The Plutocrat and The Mendacious Minister has an extremely special cover, which shows a book that has been read and read, maybe by one person, maybe by many. Utterly symbolic and fitting, because it is a book one can read more than once. This reviewer did. With pleasure and admiration for the author.

Available on Amazon as a Kindle book.

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2 Comments to “The Doctor The Plutocrat and The Mendacious Minister”

  1. Hi Ruth Deborah,
    I also read this book by Glyn Pope and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Well worth reading and very nice to see it featured here.
    Joe

  2. Hi Chaver Joe,
    Thank you for his comment. If all writers would be like you, we could start a PR chain!
    I feel Glyn’s book (like yours) deserves the spotlight.

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