The Glamour Boys

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We like to think we know the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939, but there is one chapter that has never been told. In the early 1930s, a group of young, queer British MPs visited Berlin on a series of trips that would change the course of the Second World War.

Having witnessed the Nazis' brutality first-hand, these men were some of the first to warn Britain about Hitler, repeatedly speaking out against their government's policy of appeasing him. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain hated them. Branding them 'the glamour boys' to insinuate something untoward about them, he had their phones tapped and threatened them with deselection and exposure.

At a time when even the suggestion of homosexuality could land you in prison, the bravery these men were forced to show in their personal lives gave them extraordinary courage in public. Undaunted, they refused to be silenced and when war came, they enlisted. Four of them died in action. And without them, Britain would never have faced down the Nazis.

Author: Chris Bryant

Paperback Published 2 November 2021 448 pages

'Superb' -Stephen Fry

'Thrillingly told' -Dan Jones

'Fascinating' -Neil MacGregor

'Astonishing' -Peter Frankopan

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    I Loved Them All

    Posted by Teddy Tyers on 31st Dec 2021

    Who can’t help falling a little bit in love with Victor Cazalet and Philip Sassoon (Seigfried’s cousin - Stephen Tennant’s long lost obsession) as well as the various other MPs of the 1920s to 50s who feature in this splendidly written and well researched marvel. The author, himself a gay MP in theUK brings them all to life so vividly that they really do come to life on the page. The little details like the division bells for voting in the House of Commons being wired into rich Members’ grand houses are fascinating extras that add texture and depth. These men lived fascinating lives and Mr Bryant has done them the honour they deserve in having their stories told.

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