I gather that lobbyist Chris Guyver is following in the footsteps
of those great Conservative penwomen Edwina Curry and Anne Widdecombe
and writing a political novel.
Guyver announced last week that he was quitting Politics International
(PR Week, 30 April), the public affairs agency he founded eight years
ago, to move to Australia with his young family. He hopes to have the
blockbuster finished before he goes down under in September.
The former Tory Party central office researcher is clearly a quick
worker - he started writing three months ago and is already stuck into a
second draft. ’I’m really enjoying it. It’s very therapeutic,’ he says
with a demob-happy glow.
Guyver’s tale is set during a by-election ’somewhere in England’ in
2004, by which time he predicts Labour will still be at the helm of
’There’s no sex in it, but most of the people I’ve discussed it with
have offered to write irrelevant bits about sex that I could shoehorn
in,’ he tells me. Would those people be his fellow lobbyists, I wonder?