Chris Mullin talks about his new novel, The Friends of Harry Perkins, a tantalising human drama skilfully woven around the big issues of our day – Brexit, the rise of English nationalism and the looming confrontation with the economic powerhouse of China. The long awaited sequel to his much re-printed classic, A Very British Coup is set in a near-future, in a Britain that has left the EU and where the jagged fault lines forged in the white heat of the referendum have become entrenched features of national political life. Britain's standing in the world has steadily diminished as its problems have mounted. Into the maelstrom steps Fred Thompson, former aide to left-wing Prime Minister Harry Perkins and his successor as MP for Sheffield Parkside. Can his radical ideas arrest Britain’s slide? And even if it can, will the dark forces of the right allow them to?

Chaired by Richard Moss, BBC Political Editor for North East & Cumbria

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