Reviews

  • The shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for murder

    Publisher's description
  • 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
  • A terrific book and brilliantly researched. John Preston writes wonderful dead-pan prose and reveals the depths of depravity, the absurd power of snobbery and the old boy networks of the time

    Claire Tomalin
  • I loved it; eccentric, dark, humane and English in the very best sense. It's going to be a sure fire-hit

    Alain de Botton
  • The most forensic, elegantly written, compelling account of one of the 20th century's great political scandals... a real page-turner'

    Observer
  • Very funny and endlessly extraordinary... makes for amazing reading

    Catherine Shoard, Guardian
  • Impeccably researched... full of shocks, surprises and laugh-out-loud moments. Preston revives a forgotten era and delves into the personalities behind the headlines.

    Times Crime Club
  • Retold with masterful skill... It grips like a detective story, as compelling as BBC2's Life of Duty and every bit as dirty in what it exposes about the upper echelons of society in the Sixties and Seventies

    Daily Mail Book of the Week
  • This brilliant account made me feel I was hearing the tale for the first time ... Preston is an enthralling narrator

    Mail on Sunday
  • Gripping ... cack-handed assassins, buffoonish policemen, dodgy Home secretaries and sozzled judges. The conclusion of an Establishment cover-up is hard to avoid

    Daily Telegraph