It was unthinkable, a nightmare to which no one would give a name. Until the day it happened…


The Lords' Day

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The State Opening of Parliament. The most magnificent royal occasion of the year. The Queen, her Cabinet and all the most powerful people in the land are gathering in one room, the historic House of Lords. Then terrorists strike, holding every one of them hostage. Not all of them will survive.

It is Britain's day of torment, with every moment unfolding on live television. The world holds its breath as it waits to see who will be the next to die.

Harry Jones is already having the worst day of his life when he gets swept up in this madness. He has no weapons, then the terrorists take the clothes off his back. But Harry Jones is not like others. He is a man who hates being pushed around.

And he has only hours to save his Queen.



"Fascinating and pretty frightening stuff." Freddie Forsyth.

"Why did Michael Dobbs waste his time being deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi? Or spend valuable years as a journalist and TV presenter? He was clearly put on this earth to write thrillers of the most shamelessly page-turning quality – such as The Lords' Day. He screws the accelerating tension so tight that most readers will be consuming this in just two or three sittings… and all handled with the panache we expect from Dobbs." Daily Express.

"The best kind of British thriller." The Guardian.

"A brilliant drama… His reputation as Britain's foremost exponent of the pacy, shock-inducing thriller is more than maintained by his latest and frankly startling offering. Not a foot put wrong, not a hair out of place. One of the most daring scenarios ever attempted in a work of fiction. A brilliant drama, full of shocks and surprises." Press Association.

"Explosive in every sense… His novels are famously predictive. This one is especially chilling." Daily Mail.

"A gripping tale which leaves behind deeply uncomfortable thoughts, not only about the vulnerability of our institutions but also about guilt, responsibility and revenge." Literary Review.

"Exciting and unpredictable." Sunday Telegraph.

"The plot is riveting… The scenes in the Cabinet Office during the emergency discussions are gripping… A first rate tale – Dobbs's thrill chamber!" Sunday Express.

"Michael Dobbs slowly unleashes a thriller that is both nightmare vision and timely warning… Think Die Hard with a stiff upper lip, then pray that Lords' Day remains a flight of fictional fancy." Financial Times.

"The narrative is admirably handled and the book is gripping… the pace is unrelenting." The Scotsman.

"Dobbs is very good at creating political settings with just the right veneer of knowing authenticity… Effective and entertaining." The Spectator.

"An entertaining romp with a more genial tone than his Francis Urquhart series." Sunday Times.

"Hairaising throughout." Belfast News.

"Oh lordy, what a page turner!" Colchester Evening Gazette.

"Dobbs' right royal drama." Manchester Evening News.

"The result, as you would expect from Dobbs, is a brilliant drama, full of shocks and surprises that will keep the reader bolt upright from page one to the end." Belfast Sunday Life.

"Anyone who knows anything about the intricacies of parliamentary life would have to admit that this book is impeccably researched…. brilliant." North West Evening Mail.

"Frankly startling." Newcastle upon Tyne Sunday Sun.

"Dobbs is terrifically good. You will probably learn more about the impossibly complex politics of Afghanistan and the war on terror reading this novel than from pouring through any number of Government dodgy dossiers." York Evening Press.

"A taut and enjoyable thriller of our times." Birmingham Mail.

"Excellent – so engaging I couldn't put it down." reFRESH magazine.

And for a different view…

"Thoroughly distasteful… ludicrous… jingoistic and juvenile." Scotland on Sunday.

Well, you can't win them all…