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About the Author: Clare Stephen-Johnston

Clare Stephen-Johnston is a freelance journalist and lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two young sons. She is a former magazines editor with the Daily Record and Sunday Mail and editorial director of the Press Association in Scotland.
Her first novel, Polls Apart, was published by Thames River Press in October 2011. Clare writes the novels she loves to read with the essential ingredients of pace, emotion, twists and a number of fable-like elements to really make the reader think about how they perceive the characters.
Polls Apart is an emotional rollercoaster that puts the reader right at the heart of a huge public scandal which they can experience from all sides of the spectrum.

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Paperback, Published in Mar 2012 by Thames River Press

ISBN10: 0857283553 | ISBN13: 9780857283559

Page count: 200

When a General Election is called, the Leader of the Opposition, Richard Williams, is ready for battle. Riding high in the polls, his place as Britain's next Prime Minister is almost certain. Heading into the campaign, Richard ups the pressure on his actress wife, Anna, to put her career on hold and become the perfect first lady-in-waiting. But when a newspaper exposes Anna's distant past as an escort girl, she soon becomes a dead weight. At the behest of his advisors, Richard quickly announces their separation.

With nothing to lose, Anna gives a heart-rending newspaper interview revealing a deeply troubled childhood riddled with sexual abuse. A mass outpouring of public sympathy ensues, and Anna is soon declared a national heroine. With his standing in the polls deeply damaged, Richard soon begs his wife to come back, and appears genuine in his remorse for putting political ambition ahead of his marriage. Anna is persuaded to return to the fold, but can she really forgive the man who once vowed to ensure that she, and others like her, would never suffer again? And will Richard's betrayal ultimately cost him his life-long desire - the most powerful job in the land?

Expertly written by an author well-poised to comment on the hounding pressures of public life, 'Polls Apart' is a fast-paced emotional rollercoaster of a novel that pits love against ambition amidst the slippery world of politics.

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