By Tom Black, Jack Tindale
Harold Wilson ruled British politics for nearly twenty years. His political ability observed him make strong 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 was once 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 the hours of darkness, with MI5 and the police quickly in sizzling pursuit. occurring in overdue 1975 in a Britain weary of alternate union disputes and petrified of army coups, the institution needs to flow fast to revive order with out showing heavy-handed. yet in spite of this, 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 warfare tensions, and downright farce.
The winner of 8 Turtledove Awards together with most sensible tale, most sensible chilly struggle 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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Agent Lavender: The Flight of Harold Wilson by Tom Black, Jack Tindale