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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

Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment TV Tie-In

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

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.

  • Pub date: 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”


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