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

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Read A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment Online Free - In 1979, Jeremy Thorpe, the rising star of the Liberal Party, stood trial for conspiracy to murder. It was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge. It was the first time that a murder plot had been hatched in the House of Commons. And it was the first time that a prominent public figure had been exposed as a philandering homosexual. With all the pace and drama of a thriller, A Very English Scandal is an extraordinary story of hypocrisy, deceit and betrayal at the heart of the British Establishment.



Title : A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
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ISBN : 0241215722
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 340 pages


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Nigeyb rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2017

If you were in any doubt about how the British establishment protects its own, then this book will dispel any lingering doubts. I had only hazy memories of “the Thorpe affair” from my teenage years. I had other things on my mind. The Thorpe affair of the 1970s was a British political and sex scan...


Trish rated it ★★★★★

November 10, 2016

John Preston writes from real-life events, in this case a very public murder trial involving a homosexual Member of Parliament, Jeremy Thorpe, and his liaisons during the 1960s and 70s. The case highlights the difficulties faced by closeted gays where anti-sodomy laws were still on the books, tho...


Manchester Military History Society (MMHS) rated it ★★★★☆

May 05, 2016

Serious, but entertaining insight into one UK establishment coverup of the 60s & 70s I remember this scandal having huge impact in the late 70s when I was a teenager. I had expected this book to be quite a dull resume of the trial and associated events, but from the start you are thrust (liter...


Roman Clodia rated it ★★★★★

April 29, 2017

This would be unbelievable if it weren't a true story! I only had a vague idea of the Jeremy Thorpe affair and envy those who lived through it as a live news story. Preston has done a superb job of reconstructing the case which involves gay sex (at a time when it was officially illegal), blackmai...


Stephen rated it ★★★★☆

April 23, 2017

I'm old enough to remember the Jeremy Thorpe trial (I even have a reference to it in my novel The Lying Game). If you don't know or remember it then you can read this as an almost murder mystery. John Preston's research has been so extensive with so many detailed first hand accounts that he has b...


Nancy rated it ★★★★★

January 06, 2017

The title of this book really doesn't do justice to what's inside -- not only is it about "sex, lies, and a murder plot," but more interesting to me is a look at the seamy, nasty, hypocritical, unethical and corrupt underbelly of British politics (and I'm sure what happened here in the 1960s and...


Bettie☯ rated it ★★★★☆

April 11, 2016

Penguin Books (UK) Viking Description: In 1979, Jeremy Thorpe, the rising star of the Liberal Party, stood trial for conspiracy to murder. It was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge. It was the first time that a murder plot had been hatched in the H...


Susan rated it ★★★★★

April 17, 2016

I was only a child when the scandal involving the leader of the Liberal Party, Jeremy Thorpe, exploded so, although I was aware of it, I did not know the details. As English politics have always interested me, I was keen to read this and certainly found it an engrossing book. Events begin in 1965...


Richard rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2018

You think politics is seamy now; just wait till you read this jaw-dropping account of the Jeremy Thorpe affair. Although this is nominally non-fiction, it does read like a combination of thriller and farce. At the heart is darkness though; an attempt on the life of a former lover by a political par...


Jill rated it ★★★★★

May 27, 2016

"National Insurance is my lifeblood". This non sequitur was uttered by Norman Scott at a trial in England in 1979. The trial was that of four men for the conspiracy to murder a fifth man - Norman Scott. Scott escaped murder, but his dog was killed in the attempt. Of the four men on trial, one was...





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