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An English Affair - 9780007435852

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  • Product code: AGUKD
  • ISBN: 9780007435852
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.6cm x 13.0cm
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish date: 06/06/2013

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An English Affair - 9780007435852

Richard Davenport-Hines


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Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Profumo scandal, 'An English Affair' is a sharp-focused snapshot of a nation on the brink of social revolution. Britain in 1963 - Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of a Conservative government, dedicated to tradition, hierarchy and, above all, old-fashioned morality. But a breakdown of social boundaries saw nightclub hostesses mixing with aristocrats, and middle-class professionals dabbling in criminality. Meanwhile, Cold War paranoia gripped the public imagination. The Profumo Affair was a perfect storm, and when it broke it rocked the Establishment. In 'An English Affair', the author of the critically-acclaimed 'Titainic Lives' Richard Davenport-Hines brings Swinging London to life. The cast of players includes the familiar - louche doctor Stephen Ward, good-time girls Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, and Secretary for War John Profumo himself. But we also encounter the tabloid hacks, property developers and hangers-on whose roles have, until now, never been fully revealed. Sex, drugs, class, race, chequebook journalism and the criminal underworld - the Profumo Affair had it all. This is the story of how Sixties England cast off respectability and fell in love with scandal.

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Product Details

  • Product code: AGUKD
  • ISBN: 9780007435852
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.6cm x 13.0cm
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish date: 06/06/2013

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