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To give it its full title, "Night Raid: The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII", by Taylor Downing. It's the story of Operation Biting, the paratroop raid on the German Würzburg radar facility at Bruneval in northern France. Actually, it's quite a bit more than that - it starts off ...

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THE FORCE OF NATURE


Off later to Leicester to record two beautiful books. The Moth Snowstorm is by environmentalist Michael Macarthy. It's a celebration of nature but also a shocking chronicle of how (in this short century) we have done so much to destroy the very nature we love so much. It's a beautiful book. Moving and passionate. So ...

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Feedback from my Southampton Talk. That's what I  like to hear!!: Hi Gordon This is just to say thank you for coming on Wednesday. I've heard nothing but praise for your talk. It was really very well received.

TIME TO TALK


Come and see me/hear me: JUNE Tuesday 9 BEDFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY at 2.00pm Wednesday 10 MASONIC HALL, ELING, TOTTON (U3A) at 2.00pm Friday 26  LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY 2.00PM (time to be confirmed) and SEPTEMBER Saturday 26 NORTHAMPTON MARRIOT HOTEL (conference then dinner at 7.00 pm) I am guest speaker

FANGS FOR THE MEMORY


The crime novel Antidote to Venom was written during the "Golden Age of Murder". It was written by the then popular crime-writer Freeman Wills Crofts (sounds like a department store!) and published in 1938. The novel  is set in a fictional Midlands town and centres on the Zoo and its boss. Add 'another woman', gambling ...

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THE NAME’S BOND……..


A couple of years ago I met Michael Bond at the launch of the two volume history of Playschool. He was charming and told about how he used to work in the BBC children's television department and worked on (among other things) Playschool. His work there inspired him to try his hand at writing a ...

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WHAT COMES AFTER…


I am recording Tightrope by Simon Mawer, a beautifully written novel that tells what happens to Marian (a Anglo/French member of the Resistence during the last war) when she comes home after capture, torture and the hell of Ravensbrück concentration camp.  Agents, double-agents, lovers, friends, enemies. Who can she trust? Riveting stuff. A real page-turner.

TALK BACK


Nice feedback for my talk in Ware. More talks coming up. Watch this space! I wanted to thank you very much for the event with Gordon last week in Ware. It was a real success and the feedback we had back was brilliant. The number of people who attended was absolutely right for the room ...

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NICE MESSAGE. BEAUTIFUL BOOK


TE Tan Dear Mr Griffin, Many thanks for doing a superb reading of my novel, The Gift of Rain. Best, Twan Eng

GRAB ME A GONDOLA


I leave the dark and sinister world of 1984 and drift down the Grand Canal to venice in the 1400s. The Floating Book (Michelle Lovric)is a story of passion, pox and printing. An extraordinary dense powerful novel. And it would be impossible to think of a novel more different from Orwell's. Out of the frying ...

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