Pinochet in Piccadilly

Andy Beckett

Pinochet in Piccadilly by Andy Beckett is a revelatory account of the arrest of General Augusto Pinochet, in London, in 1998.

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In October 1998, the erstwhile Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London, charged with crimes against humanity by a Spanish magistrate. But over the 16 months that Pinochet was detained, intriguing questions went unanswered about his close ties with Britain. Why was Lady Thatcher so keen to defend the General? And why was Tony Blair’s usually cautious government prepared to have him arrested? As Andy Beckett uncovers, the answers reside deep within the long and shadowy history of relations between Britain and Chile.

‘An outstanding achievement, and mesmerically readable . . . Beckett has surely written one of the best political travelogues of the year.’ Sunday Times

‘I am stirred and astonished at [Andy Beckett’s] brilliance, and by the imaginative sympathy with which he rekindles the arguments and emotions of a period he never knew.’ Christopher Hitchens, London Review of Books


Andy Beckett was born in 1969. He studied modern history at Oxford University and journalism at the University of California in Berkeley. He is a feature writer at the Guardian, and also writes for the London Review of Books and the New York Times magazine. He lives in London.

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