LECTURE A Very English Scandal: the Jeremy Thorpe affair
September 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
John Preston, journalist, novelist and travel writer
A former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph, John Preston has also been a feature writer and TV critic. He has written a travel book and four novels, of which the most recent, The Dig, was described by Ian McEwan as ‘exquisitely original’.
About his book A Very English Scandal and the recent BBC mini-series based on it, he says: ‘For years I’d wanted to write about the Thorpe affair – partly because of its extraordinary mix of scandal, deceit and astonishingly bad behaviour. And partly because of what it says about the Britain of almost half a century ago – a place where homosexuality was still taboo and where the Establishment regularly closed ranks to protect its own members.’