An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo (Paperback)
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Short Description for An English Affair The inspiration behind Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical 'Stephen Ward', the secrets of the Profumo affair are exposed in this sharp-focused snapshot of a nation on the brink of social revolution.
- Published: 10 September 2013
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780007435852 ISBN 10: 0007435851
- Sales rank: 14,248
Full description for An English Affair
The inspiration behind Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical 'Stephen Ward', the secrets of the Profumo affair are exposed in this 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.