McGrotty and Ludmilla


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'McGrotty and Ludmilla' is the Aladdin story set in modern Whitehall, and describes the making of the deadliest British prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher. The author claims it is wholly uninfluenced by the TV comedy series 'Yes, Minister'. Like his third novel it shows the London career of a young upwardly mobile Scot, but it differs from that and Alasdair Gray's other books by having a hero who gets everything he wants, marries and lives happily ever after.

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Publishers details: Dog & Bone



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ISBN:1 872536 00 X


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Originally written as a radio play, then revised for the stage, Alasdair Gray finally turned McGrotty and Ludmilla into a novel. The plot, as he freely acknowledges, is taken from the I. Specifically, it is the Aladdin story, transposed to modern Whitehall.
The unprepossessing Mungo McGrotty rises from his humble governmental post to the heights of power, helped by the mysterious Harbinger Report which holds marvelous powers of blackmail. In this fantastical comedy McGrotty finds (and keeps -- unusual in a Gray tale) happiness and love. He is no bright light -- "I don't read books" he acknowledges ("I'm glad to hear it," he is told: "They can be terribly misleading.") -- but he knows what he wants, and he also turns out to be a fairly decent fellow. Helped by his partner and true love, Ludmilla, he first flirts with ambition, and then winds up doing the right thing.
Deft, clever, and amusing, and not near as dark as much of Gray's writing,
McGrotty and Ludmilla is a most enjoyable entertainment. Truly a modern tale out of the Arabian Nights. New York Review of Books


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