By Tom Black, Jack Tindale
Harold Wilson ruled British politics for nearly 20 years. His political ability observed him make strong enemies and sour opponents, either contained in the Labour social gathering and out. Conspiracy theorists, a few in very excessive areas, even circulated rumours that he used to be an agent of the Soviet Union. actually, after all, there has been now not a shred of fact to those malicious claims.
But what if there had been?
In Agent Lavender, Harold Wilson flees Whitehall at midnight, with MI5 and the police quickly in scorching pursuit. happening in past due 1975 in a Britain weary of exchange union disputes and petrified of army coups, the institution needs to movement fast to revive order with out showing heavy-handed. yet on the other hand, the leading Minister has simply been outed as a communist spy…
Part-historical epic, part-pulpy mystery, and that includes a cavalcade of Seventies public figures from Enoch Powell and Gerald Ford to Jack Jones and Michael Bentine, Agent Lavender takes readers right into a maelstrom of intrigue, civil disobedience, satire, chilly struggle tensions, and downright farce.
The winner of 8 Turtledove Awards together with most sensible tale, most sensible chilly conflict Timeline and a number of most sensible personality awards, this acclaimed exchange background novel blends politics with espionage and provides a sprinkle of the absurd.
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The finest First Class degree in Oxford’s history. A skilled politician who manoeuvred his way into the Labour leadership, and then Downing Street, through an expert understanding of the media. This man, this apparent titan of British politics, then leads a government that appears unable to tie its own shoelaces. ” “That government is more difficult than giving a television interview,” said Mountbatten drily. “But when combined with what we know of his travels to Russia, the various friendships he has had throughout his life, his politics, his associations with known communists as a student…” “When combined with all that, it remains a mish-mash of circumstantial evidence and conjecture, Sir Cecil.
It was almost enough to make him miss the days when MI5 and MI6 barely spoke to one another at all and operated simply in a spirit of mutual contempt. As Big Ben distantly struck seven, Sir Michael, the Director-General of MI5, stirred his tea and tapped his spoon against the side of the cup. Sir Maurice, the Chief of MI6, sat down. “Good morning, Maurice. ” “I’ll skip to business, if you don’t mind. ” Sir Michael sipped his tea. ” “It’s about something one of my people in East Berlin picked up.
Harold Wilson Events in the prologue are a fictionalisation of a real episode. All events from chapter one onwards are entirely fictional. Prologue Wednesday 8th May 1968 – 11:00pm In almost all moments of great importance in modern British history, someone has been pouring the drinks. On this occasion, that individual was Sir Solly Zuckerman. It was a task he objected to, quite understandably. For the Chief Scientific Adviser to Her Majesty’s Government to be decanting whisky, the occasion and company would both have to be fairly stellar.