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Edward Stourton - Author

About the Author

Edward Stourton is the author of six books. He is writer and presenter of several high-profile current-affairs programmes and documentaries for radio and television, and regularly presents BBC Radio Four programmes such as The World at One, The World This Weekend, Sunday and Analysis. He is a frequent contributor to the Today programme, where for ten years he was one of the main presenters.

Featured books by Edward Stourton

Auntie's War The BBC during the Second World War

Auntie's War The BBC during the Second World War

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Auntie's War is a love letter to radio. While these were the years when her sometimes bossy tones earned the BBC the nickname `Auntie', they were also a period of truly remarkable voices: Churchill's fighting speeches, de Gaulle's broadcasts from exile, J. B. Priestley, Ed Murrow, George Orwell, Richard Dimbleby and Vera Lynn. Radio offered an incomparable tool for propaganda; it was how coded messages, both political and personal, were sent across Europe, and it was a means of sending less than truthful information to the enemy. At the same time, eyewitness testimonies gave a voice to everyone, securing the BBC's reputation as reliable purveyor of the truth. Edward Stourton is a sharp-eyed, wry and affectionate companion on the BBC's wartime journey, investigating archives, diaries, letters and memoirs to examine what the BBC was and what it stood for. Full of astonishing, little-known incidents, battles with Whitehall warriors and Churchill himself, and with a cast of brilliant characters, Auntie's War is much more than a portrait of a beloved institution at a critical time. It is also a unique portrayal of the British in wartime and an incomparable insight into why we have the broadcast culture we do today.

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Cruel Crossing Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees

Cruel Crossing Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

The mountain paths are as treacherous as they are steep - the more so in the dark and in winter. Even for the fit the journey is a formidable challenge. Hundreds of those who climbed through the Pyrenees during the Second World War were malnourished and exhausted after weeks on the run hiding in barns and attics. Many never even reached the Spanish border. Today their bravery and endurance is commemorated each July by a trek along the Chemin de la Liberte - the toughest and most dangerous of wartime routes. From his fellow pilgrims Edward Stourton uncovers stories of midnight scrambles across rooftops and drops from speeding trains; burning Lancasters, doomed love affairs, horrific murder and astonishing heroism. The lives of the men, women and children who were drawn by the war to the Pyrenees often read as breathtakingly exciting adventure, but they were led against a background of intense fear, mounting persecution and appalling risk. Drawing on interviews with the few remaining survivors and the families of those who were there, Edward Stourton's vivid history of this little-known aspect of the Second World War is shocking, dramatic and intensely moving.

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Other books by Edward Stourton

Today A History of our World through 60 years of Conversations & Controversies

Today A History of our World through 60 years of Conversations & Controversies

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Today is the sound of history being made - live on air. In an era of fake news, echo chambers and new fault lines in global politics, millions of listeners turn to BBC Radio 4's Today programme each morning to help them make sense of the world around them. The first ever book from the iconic programme marks six decades of BBC Radio 4's Today programme with sixty world changing stories as they were broadcast. Covering war, rebellion and political transformation, to significant changes in culture, society, and the scientific world, the book explores events as they happened, and how they changed the world around us. From the fall of the Berlin Wall and the anti-apartheid movement to 9/11 and the Rise of Islamic State, from the Rushdie affair to the emergence of Brit Art and from space exploration to the tomorrow's world of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Key figures within the book include Harold Wilson, Margaret Thatcher, Stephen Hawking, Tracey Emin and Barack Obama. Chapters include: Chapter 1: Rebellion, Revolution and Protest Chapter 2: Britain's Political Landscape Chapter 3: War, Conflict and Security Chapter 4: Art, Culture and Sport Chapter 5: Social Change Chapter 6: The Natural World, Science and Technology Also available in Audio and Ebook. Edited by Edward Stourton Forewords by Nick Robinson & Martha Kearney With an introduction by Sarah Sands, editor of the Today programme.

Blind Man's Brexit How the EU Took Control of Brexit

Blind Man's Brexit How the EU Took Control of Brexit

Author: Edward Stourton, Lode Desmet Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

'Essential reading for anyone anxious to understand the background to the Brexit debate' Tablet With all the political infighting in British politics over Brexit dominating the news cycle, we almost forgot who we were negotiating with. Now, in Blind Man's Brexit, we get to see and hear exactly what was going on in the corridors of power in Brussels, and how the EU comprehensively outmanoeuvred the UK government. When Lode Desmet met Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's representative on Brexit, about filming a fly-on-the-wall documentary on the negotiations, he could never have imagined the unique access he would be granted and the extraordinary story that he would end up filming. As the cameras rolled, Lode sat in on private conversations with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and saw first hand how Theresa May's government's negotiating positions were knocked back time after time. The results were aired in the BBC documentary series Brexit: Behind Closed Doors. Written with distinguished political commentator Edward Stourton, who also provides a British perspective on events, Blind Man's Brexit goes beyond the documentary to reveal a staggering and unprecedented failure of diplomacy on one side and contrasts the very clearly defined aims and goals of the EU side. Many books have attempted to tell the story of what happened, but this one has completely unfiltered access to events as viewed by the EU, and shows exactly why, how and where the Brexit negotiations went so spectacularly wrong, resulting in our departure from the EU being delayed beyond 29 March 2019 as the UK was left in limbo and its political system in disarray.

Auntie's War The BBC during the Second World War

Auntie's War The BBC during the Second World War

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

An engaging, balanced and thoroughly researched history. It is often a moving and amusing tale containing plenty of mavericks and colourful episodes. (Lawrence James, The Times) Auntie's War is a love letter to radio. The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British institution unlike any other, and its story during the Second World War is also our story. This was Britain's first total war, engaging the whole nation, and the wireless played a crucial role in it. For the first time, news of the conflict reached every living room - sometimes almost as it happened; and at key moments: - Chamberlain's announcement of war - The Blitz - The D-Day landings - De Gaulle's broadcasts from exile - Churchill's fighting speeches Radio offered an incomparable tool for propaganda; it was how coded messages, both political and personal, were sent across Europe, and it was a means of sending less than truthful information to the enemy. Edward Stourton is a sharp-eyed, wry and affectionate companion on the BBC's wartime journey, investigating archives, diaries, letters and memoirs to examine what the BBC was and what it stood for. Auntie's War is an incomparable insight into why we have the broadcast culture we do today. A BBC RADIO 4: BOOK OF THE WEEK

Best of Today 60 Years of Conversations, Contradictions and Controversies

Best of Today 60 Years of Conversations, Contradictions and Controversies

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

THE FIRST BOOK FROM THE MOST INFLUENTIAL NEWS PROGRAMME IN BRITAIN, THE TODAY PROGRAMME. 'Get ready to become outraged' - John Humphrys, 1998 'We've heard the world will never be the same again' - Sue MacGregor, 2001 Best of Today marks Radio 4s Today programme's 60-year anniversary as told in 60 world-changing events, from wars, conflicts and shifts in the political landscape to changes in social roles, culture, science and technology. The first ever book from the Today programme takes an original approach to our nation's history, exploring the events that have transformed our modern age. From the Fall of the Berlin Wall; the Falklands War; the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Phenomenon of the Islamic State to the Gay Rights Movement; the Salman Rushdie Affair; the Emergence of Brit Art; Engineering the Channel Tunnel; the Beagle 2's Space Endeavour; Stephen Hawking's Last Hypothesis and Tomorrow's World of AI and Robotics. Today is much more than a radio programme, it's a perennial British staple, and the Best of Today chronicles the 20th- and 21st-century history of our nation as it happened live on air.

The Publishing Game Adventures in Books: 150 years of Hodder & Stoughton

The Publishing Game Adventures in Books: 150 years of Hodder & Stoughton

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2018

Author, journalist and BBC presenter Ed Stourton delves into the Hodder & Stoughton archives to tell the human story of 150 years of publishing. From the day in June 1868 when Matthew Henry Hodder and Thomas Wilberforce Stoughton first founded the company, through numerous encounters with authors from John le Carre to Jodi Picoult, and several staff sports days - this will be an entertaining and enlightening read for any book lover.

Cruel Crossing Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees

Cruel Crossing Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

The mountain paths are as treacherous as they are steep - the more so in the dark and in winter. Even for the fit the journey is a formidable challenge. Hundreds of those who climbed through the Pyrenees during the Second World War were malnourished and exhausted after weeks on the run hiding in barns and attics. Many never even reached the Spanish border. Today their bravery and endurance is commemorated each July by a trek along the Chemin de la Liberte - the toughest and most dangerous of wartime routes. From his fellow pilgrims Edward Stourton uncovers stories of midnight scrambles across rooftops and drops from speeding trains; burning Lancasters, doomed love affairs, horrific murder and astonishing heroism. The lives of the men, women and children who were drawn by the war to the Pyrenees often read as breathtakingly exciting adventure, but they were led against a background of intense fear, mounting persecution and appalling risk. Drawing on interviews with the few remaining survivors and the families of those who were there, Edward Stourton's vivid history of this little-known aspect of the Second World War is shocking, dramatic and intensely moving.

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Diary of a Dog-walker Time spent following a lead

Diary of a Dog-walker Time spent following a lead

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2012

`If you are accompanied by a dog you can talk to anyone, and anyone can talk to you - about anything ...' And they do. Edward Stourton's walks with, Kudu, his dog, become an opportunity for wonderfully unlikely encounters, and reflecting on the world from the dog-walker's perspective proves remarkably illuminating. Ed and Kudu's small trips to the park offer up big insights into romantic attachment, honour and heroism, guilt and depression, our sense of duty, beauty and the hard facts of life's pecking order. Diary of a Dog-Walker is witty, wise and will be utterly irresistible to any man or woman with a dog.

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