The Glamour Boys : The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler-9781526601711

The Glamour Boys : The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler

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A STORY OF UNSUNG BRAVERY AT A DEFINING MOMENT IN BRITAIN'S HISTORY

'Superb' Stephen Fry

'Thrillingly told' Dan Jones

'Fascinating' Neil MacGregor

'Astonishing' Peter Frankopan

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.

Written by Chris Bryant, this is a Guardian Book of Autumn 2020


Published 12/11/2020 in United Kingdom
Hardback | 448 pages