Garry O'connor - Author

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Apart from his well-known biographies, the most recent of which, Universal Father, was of Pope John Paul II, Garry O'Connor has published two novels: Darlings of the Gods, which was filmed as a mini-series from his original non-fiction book - 'The mythology of one of the century's most celebrated marriages [of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh] a brilliantly perceptive portrait', according to the Observer; and Campion's Ghost, about which The Sunday Times wrote, 'That O'Connor manages to re-create figures such as Jonne Donne and Elizabeth I in many complex and unexpected ways is a tribute to his skill. Donne becomes almost the symbol of the age. Not only is he at the heart of the renaissance, but he also embodies in his private anguish the bloody battle between Catholicism and Protestantism.' Time Out described Campion's Ghost as 'A learned and compelling story a historical novel which carries the pungent whiff of authenticity.'The author adapted it into a play for BBC Radio 4, starring Paul McGann and Timothy West.

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The Vagabond Lover

The Vagabond Lover

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2017

Naked Woman Semmelweis: De Raptu Meo

Naked Woman Semmelweis: De Raptu Meo

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/05/2016

The Book That Kills

The Book That Kills

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2014

The Butcher of Poland Hitler's Lawyer Hans Frank

The Butcher of Poland Hitler's Lawyer Hans Frank

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2013

The life of the Bavarian Hans Frank, one of the ten war criminals hanged at Nuremburg in 1946, who converted to Catholicism before he died, has not received the full attention the world has given to other Nazi leaders. In many ways he warrants it more. His life symbolises Germany's hubristic and visionary ambition to an alarming degree much better than anyone else's, perhaps because he was an intellectual of the highest calibre: `Can't they see,' he said of his fellow accused at Nuremberg, `that this is a horrible tragedy in the history of mankind, and that we are the symbols of an evil that God is brushing aside?' As he recognised by the end he was a primary - if not the exemplary - symbol of evil, his remorse, self-pity, and arrogance knew no bounds as they vied with his contrition. Author Garry O'Connor brings his skills as a playwright, biographer and novelist to this harrowing account of Histler's lawyer, the man who formalised the Nazi race laws.

Subdued Fires An Intimate Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI

Subdued Fires An Intimate Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Omaha Beach, June 6, 2004. A delegation sent by John Paul II from the Vatican to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day is headed by Joseph Ratzinger, a former Nazi youth who, while resident in Rome for the previous 23 years, is known as `The Panzer Cardinal'. Ratzinger insisted on being at the commemoration. Garry O'Connor's biography begins here. And what is revealed from that point is an extraordinary figure, a man who a year later would be Pope, something no one predicted, at the age of 78. How did 12 years of Nazi rule affect the young Ratzinger? Did it inform his stand on religious persecution; famine and poverty; war and its consequences; climate change; stem-cell research and biological engineering; marriage and the family; abuse by priests; abortion, contraception, women priests, homosexuality, declining ordinations and Church attendance in Western Europe? And is it relevant to his astonishing resignation in February 2013? There is no one better qualified than Gary O'Connor, author of the international best seller, Universal Father: a Life of Pope John Paul II, to tell this remarkable story.

The First Household Cavalry Regiment 1943-44 In the Shadow of Monte Amaro

The First Household Cavalry Regiment 1943-44 In the Shadow of Monte Amaro

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2013

The mettle of the famous First Household Cavalry Regiment was tested to the maximum in action in the mountains of Italy in 1943-44. This book explores a largely undervalued and forgotten part of a costly and complex struggle. We directly experience what it was like to be there through the words of those who were. In late 1943 1st HCR was sent to Syria to patrol the Turko-Syrian border, it being feared that Turkey would join the Axis powers. In April 1944, 1st HCR was shipped to Italy. The Italian campaign was at that time well underway. During the summer of 1944, 1st HCR were in action near Arezzo and in the advance to Florence in a reconnaissance role, probing enemy positions, patrolling constantly. The Regiment finally took part in dismounted actions in the Gothic Line - the German defensive system in Northern Italy. Based upon interviews with the few survivors still with us and several unpublished diaries, there are many revelations that will entertain - and some that will shock. The 1st Household Cavalry 1943-44 is published on the 70th anniversary of the actions described, as a tribute to the fighting force made up from the two most senior regiments of the British Army and, in the words of His Grace the Duke of Wellington who has kindly provided the foreword, `to gain insight into why such a war should never be fought again'.

Debussy Was My Grandfather

Debussy Was My Grandfather

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2012

Universal Father A Life of Pope John Paul II

Universal Father A Life of Pope John Paul II

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2006

Pope John Paul II is now universally considered to have been one of the great leaders of the twentieth century and possibly the most politically influential pope since St Peter. His achievements are well documented, yet he once said, 'I can only be understood from the inside.' In this vivid and accessible living portrait, O'Connor investigates the inner man, including Karol Wojtyla's life before he became Pope and his friendships with men and women, subtly analysing the Pope's own poems, plays and philosophical works for clues as to what made him tick. It also dramatically follows his life, from his birth in Poland in 1920, through the losses that shaped his childhood, the assassination attempt in 1981, and his great public confrontations on the world stage, right up until his death in April 2005.

Ralph Richardson An Actor's Life

Ralph Richardson An Actor's Life

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/09/1999

Ralph Richardson An Actor's Life

Ralph Richardson An Actor's Life

Author: Garry O'connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/1997

Garry O'Connor's critically acclaimed biography, now expanded and revised, is a warm and revealing portrait of an actor famous not only for his acting gifts but for his eccentric charm. Drawing on archives of the Old Vic and on many conversations with Sir Ralph and those around him, O'Connor has not only chronicled the events of a long, illustrious, and varied career, but has also, in a scries of interchapters with Richardson, given us a full sense of his character. In addition, this new edition includes his Diary of a Biographer which tells the story of his relationship with Richardson during the research and writing of this book.

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