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Telegraph Editor Peregrine Worsthorne’s Tale Of Gay Sex With A ‘Flagstaff’: Philip Hensher’s Bear Cheeks Might Blush

by | 24th, September 2011

DID any of you catch  Sir Peregrine Worsthorne’s words on gay sex?  The former editor of the Sunday Telegraph has spotted Philip Hensher’s book. King Of Badgers is set in Hanworth, Devon, a place from where a child has gone missing and life goes on…

group of men who dub themselves “The Bears” meet for sex feasts complete with cocaine, and partygoers parade down the street in their kinkiest leather outfits. Much of the novel is given over to two contrasting parties: the staid happy hour at the home of retired newcomers Catherine and Alec and the boisterous Bear affair hosted by cheese shop owner “Gay Sam” and his lover, Harry, an actual noble whom the locals nickname “What-a-Waste.

Worsthorne gives full throat to a response in the  Independent on Sunday:

“Of course I believe in free speech. But reading Hensher’s latest novel I was shocked by all the grisly detail. It’s completely unnecessary.”

The Spectator saw a gap and produced a piece called ‘

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