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Christine Keeler: The Truth at Last Hardcover – 23 Feb 2001
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For Philip Larkin, sexual intercourse may have begun in 1963, but for many, particularly government ministers, spies and 19-year-old models such as Christine Keeler, it was already in full swing. Swingers of all political persuasion indulged in antics of all persuasions: heady stuff, but destined for scandal, and victims. Keeler, in this ghostwritten autobiography, makes very plain that she believes herself to have been made the biggest scapegoat for a scandal publicly about impropriety, but behind heavy doors about espionage. Already the author of several books on the affair, only now is she revealing her complete account of what occurred before and after she had sex with a government minister and a Russian spy in the same week. And it's not without irony that the publisher is Macmillan.
In a sense, it's hard to appreciate the anger Keeler still obviously harbours, but it must be even harder to be her. Beautiful perhaps beyond her means, despite the frenzy of free love her story is luridly, unflaggingly bleak. An abortion at 16, held captive and raped twice by an infatuated madman, shot at by a jealous lover, imprisoned for perjury, disowned by her mother and one of her sons, the rest of her life saw her bear a stigma that resulted in men thinking her an easy proposition, and society shunning her. The new truths are, essentially, that she became pregnant by Profumo, that M15 chief Roger Hollis, was, if not the Fifth Man, then "certainly in the top 10", and that Stephen Ward, the Svengali osteopath, was a Russian spy who tried to kill her. Her most damning verdict, though, is on Lord Denning, appointed to investigate the scandal, whom she claims ignored her evidence as part of an official cover-up operation that damned her as a prostitute and the affair as a sex rather than security issue. The official papers will remain locked up until 2046, and until then, Keeler's truth will appear both plausible and frustratingly unverifiable. Her decision not to let sleeping dogs lie--because they lie and lie, she says--resurrects a story of original sin that remains, in an era of sleaze, relentlessly beguiling, even if, as she concludes, "I have survived and possibly I should not hope for more than that." --David Vincent
If the details of the scandal itself are hazy to some, the famous photograph of Christine Keeler astride that chair is not. To re-cap: when she was 19, Keeler became involved both with Minister of War John Profumo and a Russian attach . When it became public, Profumo was forced to resign and the scandal undermined the Macmillan government. Keeler was jailed for six months and on her release her life was never the same. There have been other "biographies" of course, but only now - with both the passage of the years and the release of certain MI5 files - does she at last feel she can tell the "real" story. The publisher isn't releasing details yet because of the newspaper serialisation, but the involvement of the KGB and CIA are both discussed by Keeler. It is likely to be the familiar tale of the powerless and poor individual being used by the powerful Establishment.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
A case of unjust gender bias is how the establishment for some of the men involved in the scandal to be rehabilitated but not Christine Keeler
She was swept into a world beyond her control at 16 and is a victim of what today we call 'slut shaming' Slut shaming should be done away with in this day and age but alas still persists
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written,tells the facts,and leaves you to judge for yourself. Would recommend.A piece of modern British history. this book was good value.Published on 28 April 2014 by D. G. Markieluk
Made for an interesting read and certainly put a different slant onto the information the press fed us in the sixties. To be recommended.Published on 21 Dec. 2013 by PROF DE FRANCAIS
What a great book, true, scandalous, gritty and amazing. I had been after this book with no luck and purchased this used one, which was in great condition considering. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by joanne
That Stephen Ward's conviction for 'living on immoral earnings' was a miscarriage of justice is not revelatory. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2010 by Strangerbird
Reads as spoken from the heart. She was a pawn in the political game - as was Stephen Ward. Not blameless but a scapegoat. The mighty were not allowed to fall.Published on 5 Oct. 2009 by P. Argent