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Against The Law

Against The Law by Peter Wildeblood
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Peter Wildeblood's courageous memoir of the Montagu case, a landmark in the gay history of Britain and now the subject of a major BBC Two docudrama starring Daniel Mays and Mark Gatiss

In March 1954 Peter Wildeblood, a London journalist, was one of five men charged with homosexual acts in the notorious Montagu case. Wildeblood was sentenced to eighteen months in prison, along with Lord Montagu and Major Michael Pitt-Rivers. The other two men were set free after turning Queen's Evidence.

In Against the Law, first published in 1955, Peter Wildeblood tells the story of his childhood and schooldays, his war service and university days, his career as a journalist, his arrest, trial and imprisonment, and finally his return to freedom. In its honesty and restraint it is eloquent testimony to the inhumanity of the treatment of gay men in Britain within living memory.

Probably the first book on homosexuality to reach a mass audience in Britain, Against the Law had a direct influence on the Wolfenden Committee, whose Report in 1957 recommended that homosexual acts between consenting adults in private be legalised, proposals which were finally passed into law in 1967.

Orion; November 2012
320 pages; ISBN 9781780225418
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Title: Against The Law
Author: Peter Wildeblood
 
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