By Tom Black, Jack Tindale
Harold Wilson ruled British politics for nearly 20 years. His political ability observed him make strong enemies and sour competitors, either contained in the Labour occasion and out. Conspiracy theorists, a few in very excessive locations, even circulated rumours that he was once an agent of the Soviet Union. in fact, after all, there has been no longer a shred of fact to those malicious claims.
But what if there had been?
In Agent Lavender, Harold Wilson flees Whitehall in the dark, with MI5 and the police quickly in sizzling pursuit. occurring in overdue 1975 in a Britain weary of exchange union disputes and petrified of army coups, the institution needs to flow fast to revive order with no showing heavy-handed. yet having said that, 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, top chilly conflict Timeline and a number of most sensible personality awards, this acclaimed exchange heritage novel blends politics with espionage and provides a sprinkle of the absurd.
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She replaced the receiver. ” her husband asked. ” Denis sat bolt upright in bed. “At this hour? ” “Not yet,” his wife replied, walking over to her wardrobe and starting to dress. ” “Not yet,” she said again, picking out a pair of simple black shoes. “Well, Margaret, why the bloody hell are you going to Downing Street? ” Margaret Thatcher permitted herself a smirk. ” “No. No. ” Tony Benn was in full swing. Pipe in hand, he looked like he might at any moment remove one of Denis Healey’s eyes with it as he gestured with gusto unseen in a politician since Eisenstein’s depiction of Lenin.
And then he was gone. Chapter two Saturday 1st November 1975 – 2:00am Harold Wilson looked over at Nicholas Hampton, the man who two hours previously had been standing outside Number 10. In the back of the P5, it was difficult not to make eye contact with the man on occasion. Glancing forward again, Harold looked over the shoulder of Reg, the driver unlucky enough to have been on duty when the Prime Minister had decided he fancied a late night jaunt to Norwich. Harold had frowned when the car pulled up.
Chapter two Saturday 1st November 1975 – 2:00am Harold Wilson looked over at Nicholas Hampton, the man who two hours previously had been standing outside Number 10. In the back of the P5, it was difficult not to make eye contact with the man on occasion. Glancing forward again, Harold looked over the shoulder of Reg, the driver unlucky enough to have been on duty when the Prime Minister had decided he fancied a late night jaunt to Norwich. Harold had frowned when the car pulled up. Reg couldn’t be more than twenty-five years old.