Set in the turbulent year 1984, during the Miners’ Strike and under the shadow of IRA terrorism, A Loaded Gun takes place against the background of a Britain torn by conflict, its first woman prime minister being determined to re-shape the nation in her own image, which is closer to the vision of the hero, sports centre director Steve, than that of his lover, English literature lecturer Helena. More than one gun is fired in this energetic, pacy love story and political thriller.
About the author
Like Steve Wilson, the hero of this novel, Stuart Hutchinson might have become a professional footballer. Instead he went to university and taught in universities. He’s written about novelists from George Eliot to Don DeLillo. In A Loaded Gun he offers a novel about Britain’s transformational decade – the 1980s.