Agent Lavender: The Flight of Harold Wilson by Tom Black, Jack Tindale

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 celebration 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, in fact, 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 midnight, with MI5 and the police quickly in sizzling pursuit. occurring in overdue 1975 in a Britain weary of exchange union disputes and petrified of army coups, the institution needs to flow quick to revive order with no showing heavy-handed. yet however, the major 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, most sensible chilly battle Timeline and a number of top personality awards, this acclaimed exchange historical past novel blends politics with espionage and provides a sprinkle of the absurd.

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With the Baroness Falkender almost leaning out into the freezing November air, the signal finally cleared. Wilson’s reaction was immediate, rushing to an armchair and almost collapsing into it. As far as Haines could make out, he was devoting almost an obscene amount of attention to Gromyko’s speech. Why? It wasn’t as though there were a shortage of matters requiring his attention. The Bank of England had released yet another warning of the financial situation and with the Department of Employment’s latest warnings regarding the newest setback for the Social Contract, all seemed to point towards fiscal disaster.

He had not. The man in the dark coat, Pyotr, spoke up. “It is irregular for an English agent to simply leave papers behind in a café. ” K hushed Pyotr with some urgency. Moscow was on the line. Stating the required code-phrases to be connected directly to Lubyanka, he gripped the received tightly as he began to speak as calmly and as clearly as he could. Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov had his hands clasped together, and his face in a pondering expression. Like most things the head of the KGB did, it was at least partly an act, but he was very definitely deep in thought.

As Haines moved to sit down, Wilson suddenly spoke, not taking his eyes off the screen. ” Squirming slightly at Wilson’s terminal insistence on refraining from any vaguely aristocratic term, Williams squinted at the screen. “I can’t really tell from this distance, it looks like... ” It was indeed a strange flash of colour to see on the Politburo member’s otherwise utilitarian suit. The Private Secretary was not an expert on Russian tailoring, but the rather garish pocket-square sat rather tastelessly against the grey lapels and white shirt in such a way that seemed as if it was out to deliberately clash with the monochrome outfit.

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