'To my mind, the best and hottest non-fiction property of the decade is Dan Davies's book on Jimmy Savile. He had amazing access for years and stuck with the story before anybody knew how interesting it was. His book will be a must-read and will hit British culture like a cluster-bomb' Andrew O'Hagan.
'An astonishing account ... It is an incredible read' Carole Cadwalladr, Observer
'An extraordinary book, by turns deeply sinister and darkly comic' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
'Impossible to put down' Paul Merton.
'Absolutely jaw-dropping' Nicky Campbell, Radio 5 Live
From the Inside Flap
'To most people I am a question mark'
Knight of the Realm; devoted son' pathological liar; marathon runner; pioneering DJ; devious myth-maker; hospital reformer; sadist; competitive wrestler; bullying psychopath; friend to 'Lords, Ladies, Earls, Ministers, Cardinals and branches of the royal family'; relentless sexual predator. Jimmy Savile was a complex, sinister and ultimately unknowable man.
Savile was at the forefront of pop culture for over forty years. He raised millions of pounds for charity, was honoured by the pope, and charged with reforming Broadmoor hospital. Yet he also used his position as 'Britain's Most Trusted Man' to abuse the vulnerable and underage on an unprecedented scale, all the while covering his tracks by moving into the establishment's innermost circles.
Dan Davies has spent more than a decade on a quest to find the real Jimmy Savile. He interviewed him extensively over a period of seven years preceding Savile's death, and was given unique levels of access to the man now at the centre of the darkest, most shocking scandal of recent years.
In Plain Sight is a devastating curtain-lift on a British society whose burgeoning 'youth' scene, from the 1950s onwards, fostered a culture ripe for abusive manipulation. Dan Davies offers an unflinching portrait of the bizarre life and grim crimes of one of the strangest, most malevolent figures in British popular history.