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The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward: Sex, Scandal and Deadly Secrets in the Profumo Affair

Anthony Summers, Stephen Dorril

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Prose: non-fiction, History

The SECRET WORLDS OF STEPHEN WARD is the definitive investigation into the scandal of the Profumo Affair, and the life and mysterious death of the man at its heart.

In 1963 John Profumo, the British Secretary of State for War, was revealed as the lover of a teenage model, Christine Keeler, who was also the mistress of Yevgeny Ivanov, a naval attache at the embassy of the Soviet Union and reputedly a Russian spy.

The ensuing investigation into what became known as the Profumo Affair uncovered a secret world of orgies and S&M parties, where titled men, prominent politicians and prostitutes mixed. The revelations rocked the British establishment to its core and lead to the resignation of the Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan. And seemingly at the centre of it all was one man: Dr Stephen Ward.

Stephen Ward was many things to many people. To some he was a successful osteopath to an establishment list of clients, and a part-time artist who had drawn portraits of members of the Royal Family. To others, he was a 'provider of popsies to rich people': a man who knews lots of pretty girls of flexible morals.

And finally, when the scandal came crashing down on the government, he was a scapegoat, put on trial and, ultimately, hounded to his death.

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Anthony Summers

Anthony Summers gained his degree at Oxford and joined the BBC. He covered the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East and smuggled cameras into the Soviet Union to interview Andrei Sakharov when he won the Nobel prize. Married with 2 sons, he now lives in Ireland in an ex-ferryman's cottage by the river Blackwater.

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