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Closet Queens: Some 20th Century British Politicians

Bloch, Michael

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ISBN 10: 1408704129 / ISBN 13: 9781408704127
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A colourful and brilliantly researched study of closet homosexuality in twentieth-century British politics. Num Pages: 336 pages. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 3JJ; BGH; JFSK2; JP. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 248 x 351 x 31. Weight in Grams: 614. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781408704127

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Publisher: Little, Brown

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Closet Queens is a fascinating study of gay men in twentieth century British politics, from Lord Rosebery and Lord Beauchamp in Edwardian times to Michael Portillo and Peter Mandelson in our own era.

As all homosexual activity was illegal until 1967, and exposure meant ruin and disgrace, such men were obliged either to repress their sexual feelings or else lead double lives, indulging their tastes secretly while respectably married with children.

The need to cover up their sexuality, while causing problems and disappointments, often sharpened their skills as politicians - they were masters of secrecy and subterfuge, and knew how to take calculated risks.

An entertaining and insightful account of some extraordinary personalities, Closet Queens opens doors into a hidden world.

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Michael Bloch was born in 1953 and trained for the law. From 1979 he assisted MaƮtre Suzanne Blum, the Parisian lawyer of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. He is the author of several books on the Windsors as well as other acclaimed works of non-fiction.

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