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The Ambassador By Edwina Currie

The Ambassador by Edwina Currie

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Subtitled 'A Novel of Prediction', Edwina Currie's fourth novel is a vividly realised portrait of how the world could look in a hundred years.

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The Ambassador: A Novel of Prediction by Edwina Currie

THE AMBASSADOR takes place in Europe a hundred years from now. It is a time when the European Union is the supreme leader of the free world, the main challenger to China, with the USA trailing behind. Scientific advance has brought the ability to beat disease and ageing - not by medicine alone but more fundamentally, by gene therapy. In THE AMBASSADOR, Bill Strether is sent by the American President to the UK to represent his country which, captured by fundamentalists, has banned the medical advances taken for granted in his new home. Although he harbours doubts about its ethics, he finds the official genetic programme breathtaking and impossible to condemn. THE AMBASSADOR is an extraordinarily persuasive account of how the world could be, and the challenges of cloning human beings. The novel argues that human nature won't change, though much else about us will. Scientific discovery is both Pandora's box and Ali Baba's cave. People seldom wish to return to a less comfortable age. When faced with the array of choices offered to us by genetic knowledge, how do we choose?

The Ambassador Reviews

'Confident, well-researched entertainment' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Fantastic fantasy of diplomacy and DNA... a combination of Brave New World and a Captain Marvel comic book' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A spirited, thought-provoking romp.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'Currie is marvellous...' GUARDIAN 'A brash, irreverant and energetic life-force.' NEW STATESMAN 'The suggestion of civil unrest, the potential for violence and the underlying moral of the story are carried along with verve. The science is accessible, the politics believable and the ethical question for the elite hovers throughout- will they serve or dominate? Readers will find thoughts and twists not usually found in convential blockbusters. She is clever and confident.' LITERARY REVIEW '...entertainingly written and unashamedly populist in tone...Currie offers a timely warning about the dangers of a society whose tecnhological advances have outstripped its moral certainties.' THE TIMES 'You have to hand it to Edwina Currie: she does seem to have an almost infallible knack for identifying topical issues of public concern. The timing of this book could not have been improved...It's can't knock her.' GLASGOW HERALD 'Edwina Currie has written some steamy thrillers, but in this latest novel she has produced a credible vehicle for some serious ideas that show her as unusually free-thinking despite her own political roots. The Ambassador falls somewhere between political thriller and science fiction, with a small romantic drama running through it. Set in 2099, the book advances a coherent vision of a fully federal European Union that has become so powerful it is the leading superpower. China remains in careful isolationism, as does a weak United States. The reason for the European success is its work on genetics; diseases and disabilities, along with tendencies to destructive behaviour, are eliminated carefully at conception or shortly after birth. Prosperity and long life are freely on offer. There seems to be no unhappiness. Can it be that, in Voltaire's ironic words, "the best of all possible worlds" has now arrived? William "Bill" Strether, American ambassador to London, suspects not. Coming from a country where Fundamentalist Christianity has ensured the abolition of genetic work and cloning of humans, he has to overcome his distaste for the society while admiring its success (a nice inversion of how Europeans think of the U.S. in the present day). A naive but brave humanist, he is impressed at first, but finds more and more reasons for concern as the futuristic paradise reveals sinister and secretive machinations. The novel acknowledges Brave New World as a model, but the abuse of eugenics has an even more terrible side in The Ambassador; Currie knows the political establishment and its arrogance and power well, of course, and compellingly renders the smooth self-justifications of her villains and the sickening terror of state control. In fact, the book transcends the thriller genre in its debates about genetic science; Currie articulates every side of this complex moral issue, and one's sympathies slide and waver. The book also achieves a political wit in its details and asides that makes it even more of a pleasure. Despite the triumph of meritocracy in the U.S., the abolition of discrimination in Europe (not to mention the official denials about cloning), and the withering of the hereditary principle, the names of Currie's minor characters show that dynasties somehow maintain power anyway. A Kennedy is US President; a young Murdoch is still a media tycoon. Another media tycoon bears the hybrid name "Maxwell Packer". Margaret Thatcher is spoken of as a figure from history books, sometimes with approval and sometimes more sardonically. At one point President Clinton is referred to: "the second one, you know--Chelsea". These humorous references remind one that this amusing and compelling piece of political science fiction is based on themes--European federalism, genetics, civil liberties--that are, and will continue to be, highly topical.' - Robert Potts, AMAZON.CO.UK

About Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie is a former Government minister and for fourteen years was the well-known Member of Parliament for Derbyshire South. She is now a successful BBC broadcaster (Late Night Currie) and bestselling novelist.

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The Ambassador: A Novel of Prediction by Edwina Currie
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