The Prime Minister

The Prime Minister

Written by:
Introduction by: David Skilton
Edited by: David Skilton

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140433494
  • 736 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England – a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it – is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf – even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora. But when the interloper makes a socially advantageous marriage, Palliser must decide whether to stand by his wife’s support for Lopez in a by-election or leave him to face exposure as a fortune-hunting adventurer. A novel of social, sexual and domestic politics, The Prime Minister raises one of the most enduring questions in government – whether a morally scrupulous gentleman can make an effective leader.

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The Prime Minister

The Prime Minister

Written by: Anthony Trollope, Introduction by: David Skilton, Edited by: David Skilton