Books in 100: Jeremy Thorpe by Michael Bloch

Resignation and scandal often go hand-in-hand in politics, but this duo has never been more interesting than in the life and career of Jeremy Thorpe.

Michael Bloch chronicles the life of Thorpe from his birth to death, focusing notably on his Liberal career and the Norman Scott scandal.

Bloch selects a fantastically intriguing character who lived a diverse life, and the author does well to focus on every event in Thorpe’s life as much as the famed trial in 1979.

One may disagree with many of Bloch’s assertions and judgements, especially when it comes to the Scott affair, but he paints a varied image of a figure remembered often only for the event that brought him down.

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