Troubador The Pong Of Power

Released: 28/01/2019

ISBN: 9781789016642

eISBN: 9781789019223

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Pong Of Power

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What would happen if an ordinary person were elected Prime Minister?

The Pong Of Power is a political comedy, detailing the hilarious antics of the Old Lady, as she unexpectedly becomes Prime Minister following a shopping centre rant on top of her mobility scooter, pledging to restore “Old Lady Values” to the UK’s public and political life.

But all is not as it seems. Dark forces aid the Old Lady’s rise to power, and then work to destroy her as soon as she is elected. She thinks doing the job of Prime Minister will be easy. But her dreams soon turn into a nightmare as she faces the most challenging set of crises ever to hit a British Prime Minister. Can she stop the descent of the country - and the world – into the ultimate chaos?  

The Pong Of Power is ideal for fans of comedy, and readers with an interest in politics.

Oxford Alumni

The pong of power is full of quick wit British humor, political satire, conspiracy, and sci-fi. The old lady’s rose to power is just like the surreal 2016 US Presidential Elections where everyone is tired of politics as usual. The old lady’s realization that the job is a lot more than she bargained for comes immediately, making her wonder whom she can trust. I really do not like the sci-fi part. It feels like Mr Hanlon wrote himself into a corner and used sci-fi as an easy out

by Keith Orach


Quick-witted, quirky and downright weird! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this topical satire once I realised what it was and suspended all belief, reading the book for pleasure's sake and not for more.

I rather think that this is a book for the now - it will not age well, and oblique references to current political issues and faux-pas will not, I fear, be understood when water has passed under the bridge of time.

Having said that, this is not to say that you shouldn't read it. There were one or two moments where the story really got me thinking, particularly with some astute observations about our current predicament vis a vis brexit. Observational humour with depth.

I think if I were Mark Hanlon, I might have had a second go at writing without the sci-fi - I think that it detracts from what is actually a good, humorous piece. It almost feels as though the author lacks the confidence to go with his wit alone. Maybe, though, it's just a cleverer piece than I give credit for - a move so bold that the converse seems true?

I'd give this a read, may also give it a second now I think I know how to approach it. Recommended read within the next 12 months - after that, I'm less sure.

by Nellie


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