In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile

In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile

by Dan Davies


View All Available Formats & Editions
Usually ships within 1 week


Winner of the 2015 Gordon Burn Prize and the 2015 CWA Non-Fiction Dagger

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the James Tait Black Prize

'An astonishing account' Observer

Dan Davies has spent more than a decade on a quest to find the real Jimmy Savile, and interviewed him extensively over a period of seven years before his death. In the course of his quest, he spent days and nights at a time quizzing Savile at his homes in Leeds and Scarborough, lunched with him at venues ranging from humble transport cafes to the Athenaeum club in London and, most memorably, joined him for a short cruise aboard the QE2.

Dan thought his quest had come to an end in October 2011 when Savile's golden coffin was lowered into a grave dug at a 45-degree angle in a Scarborough cemetery. He was wrong. In the last two and a half years, Dan has been interviewing scores of people, many of them unobtainable while Jimmy was alive. What he has discovered was that his instincts were right all along and behind the mask lay a hideous truth. Jimmy Savile was not only complex, damaged and controlling, but cynical, calculating and predatory. He revelled in his status as a Pied Piper of youth and used his power to abuse the vulnerable and underage, all the while covering his tracks by moving into the innermost circles of the establishment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782067467
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Dan Davies is a journalist, author and editor with more than twenty years' experience as a senior staffer and freelance contributor on a wide variety of magazines, newspapers and websites. Twice shortlisted as BSME Magazine Writer of the Year, he has been Deputy Editor and Acting Editor of Esquire, Editor of Esquire Weekly, a Features Editor at the Mail on Sunday, Deputy Editor of Jack magazine, and a feature writer for the Guardian Guide, Live Magazine, The Journal on and many others.

Table of Contents

Part 1

1 Apocalypse now then 3

2 Frisk him 12

3 Not again child 20

4 The first brick 31

5 The world was completely black 40

6 Specialist subject: 'Jimmy Savile' 46

7 They felt they were in control 50

8 The power of oddness 59

9 Old and infirm 69

10 'Power' is the wrong word 80

11 I didn't ask 85

12 Look up, you bastard 94

Part 2

13 Oscar 'The Duke' 101

14 Smokescreen 109

15 Didn't die, very good 116

16 All front and no back 120

17 Scumbags and slags 127

18 Sonderkommandos 137

19 Someone the kids could look up to 141

20 Little slaves 148

21 A lot worse if it was true 158

22 Project DJ 161

Part 3

23 Nostalgic memories 173

24 The only punter you can recognise from the back 179

25 Let 'em think 184

26 A cross between a Beatle and an Aldwych farce curate 193

27 A dead straight pull time 201

28 Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings 206

29 An old man even then 214

30 TCP tonight 224

31 Good enough to eat 236

32 They know I'm honest 243

33 Eins, zwei, drei in the sky 251

34 More insidious than filth 254

Part 4

35 Young crumpet that would knock your eyes out 265

36 A bloody saint 274

37 It's obscene 281

38 The best five days of my life 285

39 Pied Piper 292

40 The only thing you can expect from pigs 299

41 We always line our artists up 302

42 A particularly religious moment 310

43 The 1976 temptation 318

44 Your porter hurt me 327

45 Am I saved? 338

Part 5

46 Rewriting history 349

47 Sir James 355

48 All sorts of trouble 365

49 I wouldn't let the side down 371

50 Like a Stradivarius 380

51 SOS - Same Old Shit 389

52 T am the boss - it's as simple as that 393

53 50 million, give or take a few quid 407

54 Runners are junkies 410

55 Off the hook 421

56 And a bit of leg-over and chips 430

57 Ultimate freedom 433

58 Avoid 444

Part 6

59 The wrong idea forever 449

60 Operation Ornament 463

61 The policy 472

62 Piss and shite 482

63 Mistakes were made 487

64 Two 16-year-old girls from the Ukraine 495

65 The last great gimmick 499

66 In the palm of his hand 511

67 No local connection 523

68 Jimmy Savile is a bastard 532

69 A culture of complicity 544

70 All that remains 556

Endnotes 569

Select Bibliography 592

Acknowledgements 596

Picture Credits 598

Index 599

Customer Reviews