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Publisher Description

The bestselling book that inspired the Bafta-winning BBC drama

Corruption. 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

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GENRE
Politics & Current Affairs
RELEASED
2016
5 May
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Books Ltd
SIZE
12.9
MB

Customer Reviews

CTJudge ,

A brilliant book

This gripping book of the Thorpe saga comes to life and is spell binding. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it - everything written with clarity and excitement; the characters came alive as I turned the pages. I was sorry when it ended I wanted more.

TickTheBox ,

A Very English Scandal

Excellent. Couldn't wait to read read the next page. Covers a fascinating part of British social and political history. Written with an easy to read style.

Lorac. ,

A very British scandal.

Excellent reading just couldn't put it down. Very interesting what really goes on and still does I expect. Thank you.

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