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The Glamour Boys

The Secret Story of the Rebels Who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler

Chris Bryant



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01 December 2020
Prose: non-fiction; History; Second World War; Politics & government
A story of unsung bravery at a defining moment in Britain's history.

"A compelling picture of a glamorous, gossipy, unstable world of concealment and enjoyment - and the bravery of a group of gay MPs... Fills an important historical gap." Neil MacGregor

"A must-read." Owen Jones

"A fascinating, beautifully-written story I had never heard before." Hugh Grant

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. As Hitler rose to power, they watched the Nazis arrest their gay and Jewish friends, send them to concentration camps and murder them.

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', he had them followed, harassed, spied upon and derided in the press. They suffered abuse, innuendo and threats of de-selection. 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. Adept at hiding their true nature, some became talented spies, while others witnessed the brutality of Hitler's camps first-hand. Four of them died in action. And without them, Britain would never have faced down the Nazis.

Based on years of archival research, The Glamour Boys is a story of unsung bravery at a defining moment in Britain's history.
By:   Chris Bryant
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   704g
ISBN:   9781526630551
ISBN 10:   1526630559
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   01 December 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Chris Bryant has been the Member of Parliament for Rhondda since 2001. He was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Europe in the last Labour government, and has been Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. The author of six previous books, he has written regularly for the Guardian and the Independent, and has appeared on every major TV and radio news and current affairs programme. He was the first gay MP to celebrate his civil partnership in the Palace of Westminster.

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

You can't deal with today's injustices without knowing how we got here in the first place . . . This is fascinating, authoritative and radical history at its best * Owen Jones on 'Entitled' * Magnificent . . . Chris Bryant is a fine historian * Express on 'Parliament: The Biography' * Admirably comprehensive . . . And written in the kind of lucid, elegant prose now rarely associated with our elected representatives -- Praise for 'Parliament: The Biography' * New Statesman *

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