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Lead book review

Norman Scott has the last word on a very English scandal

Norman Scott’s long-anticipated memoir reveals the British Establishment at its worst, says Roger Lewis

9 April 2022

9:00 AM

9 April 2022

9:00 AM

An Accidental Icon: How I Dodged a Bullet, Spoke Truth to Power and Lived to Tell the Tale Norman Scott

Hodder, pp.336, 20

I’m glad Norman Scott can say he has ‘always had the ability to laugh at the absurdity’ of his existence because, as detailed here in a long-awaited memoir, I too couldn’t stop shrieking, he is so tragic. When he came home unexpectedly as a youngster, for example, and witnessed his mother having sex in the lounge with a telephone engineer, he was so shocked he dropped his tortoise.

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