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  • Published: 19 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241973745
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99

A Very English Scandal

Now a Major BBC Series Starring Hugh Grant




An unputdownable real-life political thriller set in the House of Commons

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

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

  • Published: 19 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241973745
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

John Preston

John Preston is the arts editor and television critic of the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of a travel book, Touching the Moon and two novels, Ghosting and Ink. He lives in London.

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Praise for A Very English Scandal

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

Jon Ronson

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 20th century's great political scandals. A real page-turner. An entertaining mix of tragedy and farce, involving people in high and low places

Observer

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