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  • A Little London Scandal

  • By: Miranda Emmerson
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Summary

A story of class and corruption, sex and the '60s, for fans of A Very English Scandal and The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Nik felt the mistake in his bones.The man in the snakeskin suit reached down towards him and pulled Nik upright by the collar of his coat. Nik didn’t see what happened next, but he felt the wall. He cried out and then someone hit him, and he closed his eyes and waited for it to be over....

London. 1967.

Nik Christou has been a rent boy since he was 15. He knows the ins and outs of Piccadilly Circus, how to spot a pretty policeman and to interpret a fleeting glance. One summer night his life is turned upside down, first by violence and then by an accusation of murder.

Anna Treadway, fleeing the ghosts of her past, works as a dresser in Soho’s Galaxy theatre. She has learned never to place too much trust in the long arm of the law and, convinced Nik is innocent, she determines to find him an alibi.

Merrian Wallis, devoted wife to an MP with a tarnished reputation, just wants proof that her husband couldn’t have been involved.

But how do you recognise the truth when everyone around you is playing a role - and when any spark of scandal is quickly snuffed out by those with power? 

As Anna searches for clues amongst a cast of MPs, actors, members of gentlemen’s clubs and a hundred different nightly clients, will anyone be willing to come forward and save Nik from his fate?

©2020 Miranda Emmerson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

Critic reviews

"If you loved A Very English Scandal or The Trial Of Christine Keeler, then this is a must-read." (Red Magazine)

"Well-plotted, moving and engrossing. A rich portrait of 60s London from the perspective of a range of engaging characters. Particularly moving is the voice the novel gives to the marginalised and disdained." (Rebecca Wait, author of Our Fathers)

"Conjures up the true spirit of multicultural 60s London - with all its charm and danger - with compassion and heart." (Samira Ahmed)

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Good story boring reader

I enjoyed the story, though the end was a bit of anticlimax
with the culprit coming out of nowhere.
The book would probably have been better if the reader had put some
enthusiasm into narrating; she sounded bored with the story.

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Excellent

Really good characters and a satisfying story line. Interesting to read a book about the consequences of sexual encounters where male and female characters interact platonically quite naturally. So many plots rely on sexual tension between main protagonists.