An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo

An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo

WINNER OF THE POLITICAL e-book AWARDS POLITICAL historical past booklet OF THE yr 2014.

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Profumo scandal, An English Affair is a sharp-focused photograph of a state on the point of social revolution.

Britain in 1963 – Harold Macmillan was once the leading Minister of a Conservative executive, devoted to culture, hierarchy and, principally, outdated morality. yet a breakdown of social obstacles observed nightclub hostesses blending with aristocrats, and middle-class execs dabbling in illegal activity. in the meantime, chilly struggle paranoia gripped the general public imagination.

The Profumo Affair used to be an ideal hurricane, and while it broke it rocked the institution. In ‘An English Affair’, the writer of the critically-acclaimed ‘Titainic Lives’ Richard Davenport-Hines brings Swinging London to lifestyles. the forged of gamers contains the commonly used – louche health care professional Stephen Ward, good-time ladies Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, and Secretary for struggle John Profumo himself. yet we additionally come across the tabloid hacks, estate builders and hangers-on whose roles have, beforehand, by no means been absolutely revealed.

Sex, medicines, category, race, chequebook journalism and the felony underworld – the Profumo Affair had all of it. this is often the tale of ways Sixties England get rid of respectability and fell in love with scandal.

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