First published in 1987, long after the events it describes, as a result of the discovery of lost tape recordings, letters and scripts, this fresh look at the events and background to the Profumo Affair and the downfall of Stephen Ward now reads like a page-turning novel, and to anyone unfamiliar with the story it may seem scarcely credible that this is not fiction.
It perfectly conveys the atmosphere of London in the early sixties, just before the social and artistic explosion that was about to change everything for ever. The decadence of the social climate and the Conservative Government entering into its death throes leaps off the page. Even to those that followed the unfolding events at the time there is much here that is new.
Although in itself this book is a self-contained masterpiece, I would direct those interested in reading contemporary accounts to "Scandal '63" by Clive Irving and others, and The "Trial of Stephen Ward" by Ludovic Kennedy. While a novel set in the London of 1962 and 63, "Blame it on the Bossa Nova" by James Brodie captures not only the atmosphere but the political and social context.