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Literary Festival 2014: Based on a True Story with James Owen


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Speaker(s): James Owen

Recorded on 1 March 2014 in Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building.

In this session, historian and journalist James Owen will look at ways of approaching different types of non-fiction writing. Do you want to research or write your family’s story? Or your own? Are you a budding biographer or diarist? Find out how to begin and how to get the most out of the new resources available to would-be writers.

James Owen is an author and journalist. His first book, A Serpent in Eden (Little, Brown, 2005), told the story of a famous unsolved murder committed in the Bahamas during the wartime governorship of the Duke of Windsor. It was nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger and adapted for television by Channel 4. Since then, he has written: Nuremberg: Evil on Trial (Headline, 2006), a re-examination of the cases conducted against the leading Nazis which drew on his own training as a barrister; Danger UXB (Little, Brown, 2010), a history of the early days of bomb disposal; and Commando (Little, Brown, 2012). In 2004, with Guy Walters, he published an anthology of writing about the Second World War, The Voice of War (Viking/ Penguin). James previously worked for the Daily Telegraph, mainly as a writer of obituaries, and continues to contribute articles and book reviews regularly to the national press. He is also a trustee of the London Library. Although based in London, he has spent much time in Rome and Venice and is fluent in Italian.

This event forms part of LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014, taking place from Monday 24 February - Saturday 1 March 2014, with the theme 'Reflections'.

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