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Andrew Williams: Was Peter Wright a wrecker or saviour for Britain’s Security Service?

Posted on: 13/09/2019 with tags: Cambridge Five, Witchfinder, 20th Century, Cold War

In my first days at the BBC, more than thirty years ago, the struggle between Her Majesty’s Government and a frail pensioner down under was at the top of the running order nearly every night. Poor old Peter Wright limping to an Australian court on a stick, the last of his white hair just visible beneath a bush hat. He was an elderly David challenging an army of lawyers. Always a genial smile for the cameras as if he was relishing a contest that was viewed in many places around the world as one o…

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The Central Park Five: A reflection

Posted on: 04/07/2019 with tags: author blog, history, 20th Century

The case of the Central Park Five is being revisited with a new acclaimed Netflix limited series on the subject, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. About the book: This is the only book that is going to tell you all you need to know about one of the most infamous criminal cases in American history. A trial that, thirty years on, still bears a striking, and unsettling, resemblance to our current political climate in the era of President Donald Trump. In April 1989, a white woman who came…

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A Celebration of the Apollo Program in Books

Posted on: 18/04/2019 with tags: 50, Apollo, Astronaut Wives Club, book club, books, celebrating, NASA, Space, Zack Scott, 20th Century

From October 2018 through to December 2022, NASA will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen Americans on the moon between July 1969 and December 1972. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together our favourite titles that salute space travel and the people that helped achieve this series of marvellous human feats.     APOLLO Zack Scott www.amazon.co.uk/Apollo Explore the iconic Apollo space missions and moon landings through these stunning infographics and da…

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An Interview with Betty Foster – The background to Jennifer Robson’s THE GOWN

Posted on: 07/02/2019 with tags: Jennifer Robson, Queen Elizabeth II, The Gown, 20th Century

The Gown is an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century – Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown – and the fascinating women who made it. In February 2017 Jennifer Robson, the author  had the good fortune to interview Mrs. Betty Foster, one of the four seamstresses who helped to create Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown in 1947. “The following passages are only a brief sample of our hours-long conversation, which took place at her home in the sout…

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