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Dan Waddell is a journalist and author who lives in west London. He has published ten non-fiction books, including the bestselling Who Do You Think You Are?, which tied in with the successful BBC TV series. The Blood Detective is his first novel.
Shortlisted for the Cricket Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Adolf Hitler despised cricket, considering it un-German and decadent. And Berlin in 1937 was not a time to be going against the Fuhrer's wishes. But hot on the heels of the 1936 Olympics, an enterprising cricket fanatic of enormous bravery, Felix Menzel, somehow persuaded his Nazi leaders to invite an English team to play his motley band of part-timers. That team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an ill-matched group of mavericks, minor nobility, ex-county cricketers, rich businessmen and callow schoolboys - led by former Worcestershire CC skipper Major Maurice Jewell. Ordered 'not to lose' by the MCC, Jewell and his men entered the 'Garden of Beasts' to play two unofficial Test matches against Germany. Against a backdrop of repression, brutality and sporadic gunfire, the Gents battled searing August heat, matting pitches, the skill and cunning of Menzel, and opponents who didn't always adhere to the laws and spirit of the game. The tour culminated in a match at the very stadium which a year before had witnessed one of sport's greatest spectacles and a sinister public display of Nazi might. Despite the shadow cast by the cataclysmic conflict that was shortly to engulf them, Dan Waddell's vivid and detailed account of the Gentlemen of Worcestershire's 1937 Berlin tour is a story of triumph: of civility over barbarity, of passion over indifference and hope over despair.
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2009. CWA Judges’ comments: ‘The Blood Detective exploits the current interest in genealogy in an amusing and bloody way. Nigel, a floppy haired and engaging anorak, is engaged to assist DI Fuller in the hunt for a serial killer who appears to be punishing the descendants of a group of people who did an ancestor of his a great wrong in Victorian times. Both Fuller and Nigel are well developed characters with interesting personalities and a wealth of expertise which they learn to share. Scenes at the records offices and the people who haunt them are unforgettable.’
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