Tony “Bono” Blair is a bit confused. He believes he is the famed British Prime Minister of the same name, deposed after winning a third term. Things begin to look up for Tony when a letter arrives offering a position with McCreedie construction. Thinking he is taking over as CEO of a powerful NASDAQ company, Tony accepts the offer and travels to Scotland, hoping to meet the people, regain their trust, and use his new career as a springboard back into high office.
The new career isn’t all Tony had hoped, and he finds himself building a cement runway at Ardrossan International Airport. Hilarity ensues as Tony’s career in manual labor gets off to a rocky start. But Tony’s strength is his determination. He stumbles upon drums of hazardous chemicals and discovers that they contain additives that weaken the concrete and save McCreedie lots of money. Tony aims to blow the whistle on the weak concrete and be a hero, but his employer has other ideas.
This scathingly funny novel is equal parts political satire and comic thriller, complete with an unforgettable protagonist. Readers are drawn in by Smith’s clean, understated prose as Tony descends into danger and his own delusions. The novel weaves its way through laughter and intrigue, culminating in a harrowing climax on the runway at Ardrossan.
Will Tony be able to blow the whistle in time to avert disaster and earn the trust of his people? Will the distractions of the lovely Connie Delaney prove fatal to his mission? Will his dastardly employers get the upper hand? These questions and more are answered in Ian Duncan Smith’s Tony Blair: The Wilderness Years, a novel that is both wickedly entertaining and culturally relevant.
About the Author
Ian Duncan Smith holds an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to this novel, he has written short stories and award-winning poetry. Before beginning his writing career, he was trained as a civil engineer, and worked with a construction company in Scotland. He wrote Tony Blair: The Wilderness Years partly because he feels there is a lack of relevant political satire in contemporary literature.