C. P. Snow: Corridors of Power

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Corridors of Power (1964) is an exciting novel which traces the attempt of Roger Quaife, a Conservative Minister of Defence in the late 1950s, to push a Bill through Parliament by which Britain would renounce its nuclear weapons. Nothing like this happened at that time, so the story, for all its characteristic Snovian realism, has a conditional, “what-if?” quality, offering a sort of “alternative history”. It is the ninth novel in Snow’s “Strangers and Brothers” series, covering the years 1955-9. The phrase “corridors of power” first appeared in the seventh novel, Homecomings (1956, 591); but Snow remarked that he might have forgotten it if it had not been used as the title o…

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Corridors of Power". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 May 2007
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