A number-one *bestseller when it came out in 1987 under its original title this updated book, "How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward" inspired Andrew Lloyd-Weber to write a musical about Stephen Ward. It puts a whole new interpretation on the Profumo Scandal and offers a wider perspective into its complex central figure, Stephen Ward, as well as a broader insight into one of the greatest scandals of the past 100 years. "How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward" is a major expose of a government cover-up that has lasted half a century. It is a powerful story of sexual compulsion, political scandal, police corruption, judicial abuse and ultimate betrayal. The book reveals never-before-heard testimony that has been uncovered by the authors in the years since the sex scandal broke. Using startling new evidence, including Stephen Ward’s own unpublished memoirs and hundreds of interviews with many who, conscience-stricken, have now spoken out for the first time, this important account rips through a half-century cover-up in order to show exactly why the government of the day, the police force, the Judiciary and the security forces decided to frame Stephen Ward. At the height of the Cold War, when the world held its breath for 13 days during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the authors show how Stephen Ward acted as an intermediary between the British and Soviet governments. As the authors’ research reveals, Stephen Ward’s “trial of the century” was caused by an unprecedented corruption of justice and political malice that resulted in an innocent man becoming a scapegoat for those who could not bear to lose power. This is an epic tale of sex, lies, and governmental abuse whose aftermath almost brought down the government and shook the American, British, and Soviet espionage worlds to their core. With its surprising revelations and meticulous research, Stephen Ward’s complete story can finally be told. Currently the authors are supporting the efforts to have Stephen Ward's case referred to the Court of Criminal Appeal and his conviction overturned.
Researcher, writer, author, humanitarian aid worker, theatre director and passionate traveller. I have lived and worked in several countries, including the UK, the US, the Philippines, Japan, Bosnia, Croatia, Azerbaijan and, most recently, Costa Rica.
The idea for this book originated in 1984 when I was commissioned to research a TV film about the Profumo Affair. In a very short time, I realized that rather than Profumo, Stephen Ward was the central figure in the story. After months of talking to people, who had hitherto remained silent on the subject of Ward, I was given access to tapes recorded by Stephen Ward while on remand in prison. Suddenly the sound of his voice, outlining very succinctly what had happened to him, was both eerie and educational. The book, originally entitled, "An Affair of State" was published in 1987, twenty five yeas after Stephen Ward's death, and became an instant best-seller. Finally Ward's story was being told. The evidence that my co-author and I provided in that book and this updated version "How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward" has inspired Andrew LLoyd-Weber to turn Ward's story into a musical. And the evidence we provided to show how Ward was framed is also being used by QC Geoffrey Robertson to have Ward's conviction referred to the Court of Criminal Appeal and, subsequently, overturned. And Andrew Lloyd-Weber was so inspired by the story that he turned it into a musical, "Stephen Ward".
"How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward" is an updated version of the original book with new information we have received since the original publication.