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A very English scandal : sex, lies and a murder plot at the heart of the establishment

By: Preston, John

0241983894 / 9780241983898
Paperback
364.1523092
05/04/2018
Stock expected by 27/01/2021
20 cm ix, 339 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (black and white)
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Reprint. TV tie-in. Originally published: London: Viking, 2016.

The bestselling book that inspired the Bafta-winning BBC drama,starring Hugh Grant and Ben WhishawCorruption.

Blackmail. Conspiracy to murder. A Very English Scandal has all the hallmarks of a classic thriller with one difference.

It's all true. In the late 1960s Jeremy Thorp, the charismatic leader of the Liberal Party, was at the height of his political career.

But homosexuality had only just been legalized, and a former relationship with a younger man named Norman Scott threatened to destroy Thorp's carefully curated facade.

Helped by fellow politicians, Thorpe schemed, deceived and embezzled until he saw only one way to silence his ex-lover for good. Meticulously researched and endlessly extraordinary, Thorp's trial captured the moment that British society discovered the truth about its political class - and learned just how far the Establishment will go to protect its own. 'Gripping. A story of cack-handed assassins, buffoonish policemen, dodgy Home Secretaries' Daily Telegraph'I loved it; eccentric, dark, humane and English in the very best sense' Alain de Botton'Retold with masterful skill . . . It grips like a detective story' Daily Mail, Book of the Week

BIC:

BTC True crime, HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBLW3 Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, JPHL Political leaders & leadership, JPL Political parties, JPZ Political corruption

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