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Very English Scandal, A: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment [9780241973745]

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'Very funny and endlessly extraordinary' - Guardian

'Deeply researched, fluently written and darkly comic, it reads like a thriller' - Ben Macintyre

'This is a brilliant, sad, startling non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe murder-plot scandal. It is as funny and dark as anything by Evelyn Waugh of Jonathan Coe. And in these post Cyril Smith/Jimmy Saville days, it's so timely and relevant' - Jon Ronson

The shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for murder Behind oak-panelled doors in the House of Commons, men with cut-glass accents and gold signet rings are conspiring to murder. It's the late 1960s and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives, embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class. Illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment, the Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption in an entire section of British society that, at the time, hardly anyone dared believe it could be true. A Very English Scandal is an eye-opening tale of how the powerful protect their own, and an extraordinary insight into the forces that shaped modern Britain.

'Gripping. A story of cack-handed assassins, buffoonish policemen, dodgy Home Secretaries and sizzled judges' - Daily Telegraph

'The most forensic, elegantly written and compelling account of one of the twentieth-century's great political scandals. A real page-turner. A entertaining mix of tragedy and farce, involving people in high and low places' - Observer


AUTHOR: John Preston is a former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years he was the Sunday Telegraph's television critic and one of its chief feature writers. He is the author of a travel book and four novels. His most recent novel, The Dig, was published to great acclaim in 2007.
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06-Apr-2017
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