Title: A Little London Scandal
Author: Miranda Emerson
Pub Date: 20th August, 2020
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I had a bit of trouble getting into this story. It seemed like there are too many, too different characters and I was getting lost in all of this. However once I finally got a hang of it, it all was such an intriguing story spanning multiple generations and social classes. What a view into life in London in sixties!
There are three main characters – Nik a rent boy, Anna, a dresser in a theatre and Merrian, a wife of a politician. Three different characters struggling with their past, each in their own way. Their lives brought together because of seemingly unsubstantiated murder accusations against Nik. There are many more interesting characters from different backgrounds circling around them, but the story goes deep into the lives of those three.
I like how the story was structured, on one hand, it is a mystery into the death of a young boy, whose body was found in the gardens of a private club. On the other hand, it brings to light the unfairness of life, how money gives you better treatment. With power, it looks like you can buy yourself anything you want, and you are the only one who will not suffer the consequences no of your actions.
The book gives us also a glimpse of the gay history of England, how much and how little really changed. It’s less likely to find rent boy on Piccadilly Circus (too many tourists I think, but I don’t really know…), but probably there’s the same chance of powerful man hiding their sexuality and abusing people. The book gave me a wonderful feeling of reading something that seemed so out of time, but so timely at the same time.