In 2012, a year after his death, Jimmy Savile – the radio and TV presenter once considered a national treasure – was revealed as a sex offender on an almost inconceivable scale.
The nation was transfixed as the truth about the decades of abuse he committed came to light. Two years later, in the wake of Operation Yewtree, we’re still coming to terms with the Savile case and how it has altered the way we see British showbusiness, the police, the government – and ourselves.
This week Dan Davies, editor of Esquire Weekly, our magazine for iPad and iPhone, and a regular writer for Esquire, releases his long-awaited biography, In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile. It is the culmination of 10 years work from a journalist who spent more time with Savile than any other, interviewing him for several magazine articles before starting on the book in earnest in 2008.
Over the past couple of days In Plain Sight has been met with unanimous acclaim by some of Britain’s most prominent critics.
“Davies scarcely puts a foot wrong,” wrote David Hare for The Guardian, describing Dan as a “clear eyed and morally conscientious biographer".
In Mail on Sunday, Craig Brown awarded In Plain Sight five stars out of a possible five and described it as “an extraordinary book, by turns deeply sinister and darkly comic."
Carole Cadwalladr, in The Observer, described In Plain Sight as a “devastating portrait” of Savile and “a riveting read; pacy, incredible, gobsmacking.”
In Plain Sight is currently top of the Amazon biography bestseller chart, and can be ordered now.