H. Montgomery Hyde  

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Harford Montgomery Hyde (August 14, 1907August 10, 1989), born in Belfast, was a barrister, politician (Ulster Unionist MP for North Belfast) and author from Northern Ireland and early campaigner for homosexual law reform, losing his seat as a result.

In an analysis of the Oscar Wilde trial, he suggests the term "gross indecency" implies homosexual acts not amounting to buggery in British legislation of Oscar Wilde's time.


  • 1933: The Rise of Castlereagh, (Macmillan, 1933)
  • 1940: Judge Jeffries, (Harrap, 1940); 2nd ed., Butterworth & Co (1948)
  • 1948: Famous Trials: Oscar Wilde, (Hodge, 1948), enlarged ed, Penguin (1962)
  • 1953: Carson, (Heinemann, 1953)
  • 1959: The Strange Death of Lord Castlereagh, Heinemann, London, 1959
  • 1960: Sir Patrick Hastings, His Life and Cases, (Heinemann, 1960)
  • 1962: The Quiet Canadian: The Secret Service Story of Sir William Stephenson, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1962 [later released as Room 3603: The Story of the British Intelligence Center in New York during World War II, Farrar Straus and Company, New York, 1963].
  • 1964: Norman Birkett, the Life of Lord Birkett of Ulverston, (Hamish Hamilton, 1964)
  • 1964: A History of Pornography (Heinemann, 1964)
  • 1965: Cynthia - the Story of the Spy Who Changed the Course of the War, (Hamish Hamilton, 1965)
  • 1967: Lord Reading: the Life of Rufus Isaacs, First Marquess of Reading, (Heinemann, 1967)
  • 1970: The Love That Dared not Speak its Name, (Little, Brown, 1970)
  • 1970: The Other Love: an Historical and Contemporary Survey of Homosexuality in Britain, Heinemann, London, 1970
  • 1977: Solitary in the Ranks: Lawrence of Arabia as Airman and Private Soldier, London: Constable, 1977; New York: Atheneum, 1978) ISBN 0-689-10848-6
  • 1979: The Londonderrys, a family portrait, (H. Hamilton, 1979), ISBN 0-241-10153-0
  • 1982: Secret Intelligence Agent (Constable, 1982) ISBN 0-09-463850-0; (St. Martin's Press) ISBN 0-312-70847-5

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