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Dobbs, Michael

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1948-    ) UK politician who has held various posts in the Conservative Party, and author of House of Cards (1989), a Near Future political thriller set in a UK reeling from the retirement of Margaret Thatcher. The book was filmed by the BBC as House of Cards (1990); it is only in the television version that the book's Machiavellian protagonist, Francis Urquhart (played by Ian Richardson), is given a catchphrase which became well-known: "You might say that – I couldn't possibly comment." Subsequent Dobbs books are also notionally near-future in that they take place in the public arena after House of Cards, but lack any sf interest. [JC/GS]

Michael Dobbs

born Cheshunt, Hertfordshire: 14 November 1948

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