By Tom Black, Jack Tindale
Harold Wilson ruled British politics for nearly twenty years. His political ability observed him make robust enemies and sour competitors, 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 no longer a shred of fact to those malicious claims.
But what if there had been?
In Agent Lavender, Harold Wilson flees Whitehall at nighttime, with MI5 and the police quickly in sizzling pursuit. happening in overdue 1975 in a Britain weary of exchange union disputes and afraid of army coups, the institution needs to stream quick to revive order with no showing heavy-handed. yet on the other hand, the major Minister has simply been outed as a communist spy…
Part-historical epic, part-pulpy mystery, and that includes a cavalcade of Nineteen 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 trade historical past novel blends politics with espionage and provides a sprinkle of the absurd.
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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. In fairness, they were. Sir Cecil King, the most powerful newspaper baron since Beaverbrook, had brought with him Hugh Cudlipp, a Welshman who had turned King’s Daily Mirror into the best-selling paper in the land.
Or would his be a short trip to a cell where a charming man from the Caucasus stood waiting with a loaded Tokarev? He swallowed and assured himself that option did not seem particularly likely – it would be far simpler for Tulip and Lily to take care of him here and now. With a dark look he glanced at them both, but was satisfied that neither of them were holding their guns and all weapons appeared holstered. ” he panted, trying to avoid thinking about de facto house arrest in some suburb of Moscow.
The farmer continued. ” There was nothing loaded about the statement, or at least nothing more loaded than would be expected of an East Anglian farmer’s dim view of the government. Harold’s feet began moving again, as if of themselves. “That’s right! Harold Wilson, pleased to meet you,” he said, outstretching his hand. The man swivelled around and shook it. “Benjamin Croker. ” Whether he meant Prime Ministers, KGB agents or Labour Party members was unclear, but all three were equally true. Harold ploughed on.