A Very English Scandal by John Preston.

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

I grew up in the seventies and remember hearing about the Jeremy Thorpe trial on the six 0’clock news. Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe was accused of hiring Andrew Newton to murder Norman Scott, whom Jeremy Thorpe had been having a sexual relationship with, when homosexuality was still illegal. Scott had spent many years trying to reveal his sexual relationship with Mr Thorpe, contributing to Mr Thorpe’s loss of leadership of the Liberal party. The case came to trial at the Old Bailey in 1979, where Thorpe was eventually acquitted of conspiracy to murder.
The British Establishment at it’s worst, portrayed very well by John Preston.



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The Dig by John Preston.

The Dig

The Dig by John Preston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Dig is based on the true story of a hugely consequential 1939 archaeological excavation of ancient mounds, on the property of Edith Pretty, at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England. I spent more time checking actual events than reading the book and following various archaeological blogs and Twitter sites. No prizes for guessing where my next road trip will be.



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