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Secrets and Lies - The Real Story of Political Scandal That Mesmerised the World - The Profumo Affair by [Keeler, Christine, Thompson, Douglas]
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About the Author

Christine Keeler was a successful model and now writes and broadcasts.Douglas Thompson isa biographer, broadcaster, and international journalist. Hisbooks include "Hollywood People," and biographies of Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Madonna."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3315 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IHH2N8K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
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Christine Keeler lit the fuse that sparked the sixties. Along with the Beatles and David Bailey she was at the vanguard of the movement that, superficially at least, wiped away the old order.

To a certain extent the Profumo affair has perhaps been coloured by the film Scandal and that's the version I at least knew of. This book gives you the story from the inside and it's a real eye opener. It seems clear that Ward had some sort of connection with spies, whether he was a spy himself or a double agent isn't clear but evidently something was going off and CK was unwittingly sucked into that orbit.

The book is very well written. CK has a great turn of phrase and is able to despatch individuals with one cutting line - Astor and john Hurt are memorably summed up. She also brings to the fore that swinging world of the elite; where the rest of the populace were labouring away in a black and white world with barely enough to get by on, others were living the life of Riley. Check out the tales on the Duke of Edinburgh. There'll be some skellingtons rattling out of that closet when he throws off the mortal coil...

There are some lovely pictures in support of the text, shots of the protagonists during that halcyon summer before the whole shebang came crashing around their collective ears.

The book does raise a few questions, not least in relation to the kidnapping of CK for three days when she was held with a girlfriend who subsequently escaped. We're not told who the girlfriend was - presumably not Mandy? And what of Mandy, the other half of that infamous double act? CK makes clear her dislike for her one time flat mate and it's true that Mandy has made the most of her infamy, going on to own night clubs in Israel and write several books.
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In any era, a story of a 19 year old girl having a sexual relationship with a British Minister of War at the same time as a suspected Russian spy is going to make front page headlines around the world. However, this was the early 1960’s just prior to the 60’s revolution. Those were the days when most British believed the ruling classes were in monogamous marital relationships and good girls remained a virgin until they married. So when the story broke about the relationship between Christine Keeler and Jack Profumo, the public also found out that the upper classes were not so squeaky clean as they were led to believe. This scandal blew the lid off of the reputation of the ruling classes and brought down the government of the time. Stories of orgies attended by high court judges and members of parliament were becoming commonplace as the various Court cases and public enquiry relating to the story was reported in the newspapers. Then throw into the mix a couple of beautiful teenage girls (Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davis) who also had associations with gangsters and racketeers and heaven forbid, sexual relations with black men, you had the full attention of a British public who didn’t know whether to be outraged or titillated by it. Nevertheless, because of the era, the above events turned into one of the biggest scandals of the twentieth century and is still being talked about today. There is even a musical in the West End about Stephen Ward one of the central players in the scandal who committed suicide after being found guilty of living off of immoral earnings.
This book is Christine Keeler’s version of events: written with Douglas Thompson. First published in 2002 and updated in 2014.
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Well, I'm not quite sure how to describe this book really - I loved it, but on the other hand it seemed bitty and the stories 'all over the place'. At times I couldn't keep up with what was going on and to this day I still can't quite grasp the Scandal story. However, it was a pleasure to read and extremely interesting.
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In any era, a story of a 19 year old girl having a sexual relationship with a British Minister of War at the same time as a suspected Russian spy is going to make front page headlines around the world. However, this was the early 1960's just prior to the 60's revolution. Those were the days when most British believed the ruling classes were in monogamous marital relationships and good girls remained a virgin until they married. So when the story broke about the relationship between Christine Keeler and Jack Profumo, the public also found out that the upper classes were not so squeaky clean as they were led to believe. This scandal blew the lid off of the reputation of the ruling classes and brought down the government of the time. Stories of orgies attended by high court judges and members of parliament were becoming commonplace as the various Court cases and public enquiry relating to the story was reported in the newspapers. Then throw into the mix a couple of beautiful teenage girls (Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davis) who also had associations with gangsters and racketeers and heaven forbid, sexual relations with black men, you had the full attention of a British public who didn't know whether to be outraged or titillated by it. Nevertheless, because of the era the above events turned into one of the biggest scandals of the twentieth century and is still being talked about today. There is even a musical in the West End about Stephen Ward one of the central players in the scandal who committed suicide after being found guilty of living off of immoral earnings.
This book is Christine Keeler's version of events: written with Douglas Thompson. First published in 2002 and updated in 2014.
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