To Fall Like Lucifer The True Story of a Very British Scandal (Paperback)

By Ian Harvey


Book details

  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication date: 6th Oct 2011
  • ISBN10: 1849541205
  • ISBN13: 978-1849541206
  • Publisher size: B format
  • Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Pages: 224


On the night of 18 November 1958, Ian Harvey, then a junior minister in Harold Macmillan’s Tory government, was arrested with a guardsman in St James’s Park. When he heard of it the next morning, Winston Churchill famously commented 'St. James’s Park on a November evening? Makes you proud to be British!'. The consequences for Harvey himself were more serious. Homosexuality would not be decriminalised until a decade later; the scandal that ensued prompted Harvey’s resignation from the government and Parliament, and the end of a brilliant career. Originally published in 1971, Harvey’s blow-by-blow account of his spectacular fall from grace is an extraordinary record of a time and its attitudes as well as a poignant reflection of a life caught unexpectedly in scandal.

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