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.