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The End of Innocence

Simon Garfield

A new edition of the award-winning, ground-breaking account of the early AIDS crisis in Britain.

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** With a new introduction by Russell T Davies **

A new edition of the award-winning, ground-breaking account of the early AIDS crisis in Britain.

‘A remarkable journalistic achievement.’ Time Out

‘Powerful . . . Indispensable.’ Observer

‘Superb.’ London Review of Books

Winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize

How does a country control a virus that is killing increasing numbers of people?

How does a government contain an epidemic spread by sex, drug use and blood products?

And how does a population react when told that everyone is at risk from infection?

By 1986, when the British Government woke up to the problem of AIDS, it estimated that 30,000 people had already been infected with HIV. Why was it so slow to act? Would the situation have been different if most of those affected had not been gay men?

Award-winning journalist Simon Garfield presents a story of political intrigue, of panic and hysteria, of wasted opportunities and of a medical battle conducted against seemingly impossible odds. Including interviews with key figures in the fight against the virus as well as those facing personal devastation and prejudice, The End of Innocence is an important and powerful story, compellingly told.

Features a new afterword by the author.

Critic Reviews

'An indispensable book, essential to an understanding of the times we -- the lucky ones -- lived through.'

Simon Callow
Critic Reviews

A powerful and painful book. Indispensable and instructive . . . Garfield gives us the whole story in a voice which is passionately intent, but controlled and conversational.

Critic Reviews

Impressive . . . Garfield recognises the power of dramatising the story in human terms.

Critic Reviews

A superb account . . . A strongly gripping, essential read.

Pink Paper
Critic Reviews

Combines the best qualities of a medical thriller, a political investigation, and an invaluable social record.

Time Out
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An admirably direct account. In clear, uncluttered language it deals with every aspect of this modern plague, and the clarity is no mean feat given the complexity of the subject.

Daily Telegraph

Simon Garfield was born in 1960. He is the author of Expensive Habits: The Dark Side of the Industry, The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, The Wrestling, The Nation’s Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio 1, Mauve, The Last Journey of William Huskisson, The Error World and the Mass…

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