By Tom Black, Jack Tindale
Harold Wilson ruled British politics for nearly twenty years. His political ability observed him make strong enemies and sour opponents, 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. actually, in fact, 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 nighttime, with MI5 and the police quickly in sizzling pursuit. happening in overdue 1975 in a Britain weary of alternate union disputes and frightened of army coups, the institution needs to circulate speedy to revive order with no 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 top tale, top chilly warfare Timeline and a number of top personality awards, this acclaimed exchange background novel blends politics with espionage and provides a sprinkle of the absurd.
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Extra info for Agent Lavender: The Flight of Harold Wilson
There is little doubt, then. ” Behind his glasses, the eyes of the Commissar for State Security hardened. “Get him out. ” As aides rushed from the room, wheels began to turn. ” Joe Haines, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, bashed the top of the television with a snarl. Already midnight, it was still a matter of confusion to him why the Prime Minister had suddenly decided to take an interest in an urgent statement from the Soviet Foreign Minister to the United Nations.
Healey banged the table in support while Jim Callaghan looked daggers at Sir John. Ted turned to him, trying his best to look helpless. The mandarin simply smiled. ” There was a pause. Sir John walked to the door. ” The tall, red-faced man in the grey suit threw a thick bundle of papers onto the table as he entered. Sir Michael Hanley, Director-General of MI5, was at his shoulder. The tall man spoke. ” Tony Benn’s pipe hit the floor. The cause of the commotion in Whitehall was, at that very moment, perched nervously in a hedge in East Anglia.
I take no offence, sir. ” Mountbatten was certain that if he had dropped a pin, everyone in the room would have heard it. He broke the silence. ” “That there are concerns in Whitehall and around the nation that Mr Wilson is in fact in the pay of a foreign power. There is a degree of–” Mountbatten held up a hand to interrupt. “Nonsense and rumour. Scaremongering. ” King leant forward, his eyes shining with excitement now. “But consider it again, in light of all the evidence. Here we have a man who is supremely intelligent, we must accept that.
Agent Lavender: The Flight of Harold Wilson by Tom Black, Jack Tindale