Master of the cold war spy thriller John le Carré called Macintyre’s pageturner The Spy and the Traitor “the best true spy story I have ever read.” With his elegant knack for bringing together meticulously researched historical detail with rollicking adventure stories and compelling characters, Macintyre’s books explore deceit, subterfuge, espionage and spycraft, and have been adapted for film and television including the Colin Firth drama Operation Mincemeat, Double Agents: The Eddie Chapman Story and Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies. The engrossing star-studded adaptation A Spy Among Friends starring Guy Pearce recently wowed audiences, and SAS Rogue Heroes has been adapted by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight. “This is rock star history!” declared renowned historian Antony Beevor in his review for the Guardian.
Macintyre’s latest book Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle is the inside story that takes the reader inside the foreboding German gothic castle Colditz, the WWII prisoner of war camp infamous for many daring escape attempts. This detailed account of the prisoners who lived alongside their jailers is a thrilling tale of cat-and-mouse.
It’s fitting this event will be held at Christ’s College as Charles Upham, the only New Zealand combatant officer to be sent to Colditz, was a former student.
Ben Macintyre is also a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper’s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. You can listen to an RNZ Nine to Noon interview with Ben Macintyre here.
Books will be available to purchase on the night thanks to UBS.
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