The Intrigues of Jennie Lee
by Alex Rosenberg
Pub Date 29 May 2020
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A gripping and evocative story of love, politics, betrayal and bravery, which reimagines events of the interwar years.
Jennie Lee was elected to parliament aged just twenty-four, five years too young even to vote in 1929 Britain. From the Labour backbenches, she hurled barbs and bolts of thunder at the likes of Winston Churchill, Lady Astor, even her own party’s Prime Minister, Ramsay McDonald.
The novel intertwines real events with a personal story involving Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons, the future Queen Mother; the womanizing fascist Oswald Mosley; the Great War prime minister Lloyd-George; and the radical Labour MP Aneurin Bevan.
A series of political and intimate intrigues turn history into thriller when Jennie has the chance to radically change the course of history for Britain, Europe and the world.
'...marvellous in so many ways… An excellent take on the twisted, dangerous politics of 1930s Britain and a rattling good read.' C.J. Sansom, author of Dominion and the Shardlake mysteries
A Note From the Publisher
The Intrigues of Jennie Lee is a morally complex story set in the Britain of the late 1920s and 30s. With intricately drawn characters and masterful plotting, political conspiracy and conflict, it keeps the reader captivated throughout. That the story still gets so much of the history right makes it all the more gripping. What really won me over was the portrait of Jennie Lee - articulate, fiery, a woman worth celebrating.
Jennie struggles with politics, romantic life, and her heritage, as the plot’s momentum increases relentlessly. Beautifully rendered, its many layers expertly woven together, this is a thrilling read that makes one ponder our own political climate. Alex Rosenberg has delivered an important piece of history in a page-turning novel.
Sylvia True, author of The Wednesday Group
The Intrigues of Jennie Lee is marvellous in so many ways… An excellent take on the twisted, dangerous politics of 1930s Britain and a rattling good read.
C.J. Sansom, author of Dominion and the Shardlake mysteries