A Very English Scandal

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

Paperback (06 Apr 2017) | English

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Synopsis

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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Book information

ISBN: 9780241973745
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.085092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 45164
Number of pages: ix, 339 , 8 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 264g
Height: 129mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 22mm