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Goldenballs!

The Incredible Story of the Long and Complex Legal Battle between Sir James Goldsmith and Private Eye

By Richard Ingrams
Cover of Goldenballs! (Hardback) by Richard Ingrams

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No laughter in Court
The Clermont Set
The Eye investigates
Here comes the judge
From marzipan to ermine
The attempt to settle
Volte-face
The perils of peerage
The injunction hearing
A matter of contempt
A setback
Biggles to the rescue
Who done it?
No laughter in Court
The Clermont Set
The Eye investigates
Here comes the judge
From marzipan to ermine
The attempt to settle
Volte-face
The perils of peerage
The injunction hearing
A matter of contempt
A setback
Biggles to the rescue
Who done it?

Jacket Text

Part real-life thriller, part comedy, this is the bizarre story of the long and complex legal battle between Sir James Goldsmith and Private Eye.

In January 1976, the millionaire tycoon Jimmy Goldsmith issued over sixty libel writs against the satirical magazine Private Eye and thirty-seven of its distributors. At the same time, he applied to the High Court to bring an action for Criminal Libel against the magazine, the first time the law had been invoked against a paper for over thirty years. The ensuing struggle lasted over a year, involved at least twelve hearings and attracted more attention than any libel action of modern times.

In this book, Richard Ingrams pulls all the threads of the story together and gives his own theory of why the action was brought in the first place.

Professional Reviews

'Compulsive reading . . . will cause more gasps, laughs, and raised eyebrows than any other book for many a decade.' The Bookseller

'A whodunnit, or rather a whydunnit, with the villain portrayed as a cross between Goldfinger and a millionaire pawnbroker. Anyone must admire its courage, persistence and tough-edged good humour.' The Guardian

'Murder, suicide, intrigue, disappearing witnesses . . . welded together to make an extraordinary episode.' Liverpool Daily Post


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