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The full truth finally comes out about an affair (or series thereof) which I remember rumbling on for a long time in British politics during my youth. The series of events which are described are almost too far-fetched to be credible, and could have been the basis of a British CSI episode, but the worrying thing is that it is all actually happened.
The cover-ups by so many people, and the establishment looking after its own, may not be so easy to achieve today, due to the changed nature of the press and television, more instant access to news and information, and the more general acceptance (and decriminalisation) of different lifestyles. However, it would be hard to believe that some of the same attitudes and practices are not still going on - there are regular discoveries of the hidden pasts of public figures.
It is a gripping listen, even if you already know the final verdict of the trial at the book's climax, as the details of the drama leading to that point are fascinating. However, the book may leave you, as it left me, with a rather low respect for the way our politicians and people in public life behave, and the way that in order to maintain their public facades, others can be mistreated or misled.
The narration is excellent, with a style that is light enough to be entertaining and easy to listen to, but delivers the serious points admirably. The narrator's use of different voices for some of the characters helps clarity, and his tone of voice conveys the intentions of the author's words extremely well.
If I have one quibble about the book, it is that Chapter 25 seems to be written in a different tense from the rest of the book, which rather jarred when listening, but I can definitely recommend this as a riveting exposé of a quite shocking scandal.
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I recommend this as an excellent listen. The story is fascinating - I lived through it but much of it passed me by at the time. The research is brilliant and it's been beautifully put together. At its heart - despite many wry and satirical moments - is an appalling expose of the 1970s Establishment looking after its own. It goes a long way towards explaining why 21st century voters hold politicians in such contempt.
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