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Sam Bourne - Author

About the Author

Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for the Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper’s Washington correspondent, and presents Radio 4’s contemporary history programme, The Long View.

The most successful male thriller writer in the UK today, Sam Bourne’s first novel The Righteous Men was a Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2006 and a No. 1 bestseller, selling over 600,000 copies in paperback. His three subsequent novels, The Last Testament, The Final Reckoning and The Chosen One have all been Sunday Times Top Five bestsellers.

 

Author photograph © Eamonn McCabe 2011

Featured books by Sam Bourne

Other books by Sam Bourne

To Kill the Truth

To Kill the Truth

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE EXPLOSIVE BESTSELLER TO KILL THE PRESIDENT 'Riveting' Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month 'Propulsive' Guardian 'Provocative' Mail on Sunday Someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history's greatest crimes. Academics and Holocaust survivors dead in mysterious circumstances. Museums and libraries burning. Digital records and irreplaceable proofs, lost for ever. Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop the lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game. As Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife-edge and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War - but who stands to gain most from the chaos? Taut, authoritative and explosive, To Kill the Truth takes us to the edge of anarchy, a world without truth in which history will be rewritten by those who live to shape it. Praise for Sam Bourne: 'In To Kill the Truth, Maggie Costello rivetingly tackles a cabal of Holocaust and slavery deniers, whose aim is nothing less than to destroy memory' Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month 'A propulsive plot and an appealing heroine . . . The premise is both intriguing and, in the current climate of post-truth, fake news and sour populism, grimly topical' Guardian 'Chilling . . . You think today's news is nightmarish enough? Sam Bourne's provocative thriller imagines things getting much, much worse' Mail on Sunday 'Urgently topical' The Times 'A Day of the Jackal for these dizzying times' Ian Rankin

To Kill the Truth

To Kill the Truth

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE EXPLOSIVE BESTSELLER TO KILL THE PRESIDENT 'Riveting' Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month 'Propulsive' Guardian 'Provocative' Mail on Sunday Someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history's greatest crimes. Academics and Holocaust survivors dead in mysterious circumstances. Museums and libraries burning. Digital records and irreplaceable proofs, lost for ever. Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop the lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game. As Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife-edge and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War - but who stands to gain most from the chaos? Taut, authoritative and explosive, To Kill the Truth takes us to the edge of anarchy, a world without truth in which history will be rewritten by those who live to shape it. Praise for Sam Bourne: 'In To Kill the Truth, Maggie Costello rivetingly tackles a cabal of Holocaust and slavery deniers, whose aim is nothing less than to destroy memory' Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month 'A propulsive plot and an appealing heroine . . . The premise is both intriguing and, in the current climate of post-truth, fake news and sour populism, grimly topical' Guardian 'Chilling . . . You think today's news is nightmarish enough? Sam Bourne's provocative thriller imagines things getting much, much worse' Mail on Sunday 'Urgently topical' The Times 'A Day of the Jackal for these dizzying times' Ian Rankin

To Kill the Truth

To Kill the Truth

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2019

THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE EXPLOSIVE BESTSELLER TO KILL THE PRESIDENT 'Riveting' Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month 'Propulsive' Guardian 'Provocative' Mail on Sunday Someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history's greatest crimes. Academics and Holocaust survivors dead in mysterious circumstances. Museums and libraries burning. Digital records and irreplaceable proofs, lost for ever. Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop the lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game. As Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife-edge and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War - but who stands to gain most from the chaos? Taut, authoritative and explosive, To Kill the Truth takes us to the edge of anarchy, a world without truth in which history will be rewritten by those who live to shape it. Praise for Sam Bourne: 'In To Kill the Truth, Maggie Costello rivetingly tackles a cabal of Holocaust and slavery deniers, whose aim is nothing less than to destroy memory' Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month 'A propulsive plot and an appealing heroine . . . The premise is both intriguing and, in the current climate of post-truth, fake news and sour populism, grimly topical' Guardian 'Chilling . . . You think today's news is nightmarish enough? Sam Bourne's provocative thriller imagines things getting much, much worse' Mail on Sunday 'Urgently topical' The Times 'A Day of the Jackal for these dizzying times' Ian Rankin

To Kill the Truth

To Kill the Truth

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2019

THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE EXPLOSIVE BESTSELLER TO KILL THE PRESIDENT 'Riveting' Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month 'Propulsive' Guardian 'Provocative' Mail on Sunday Someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history's greatest crimes. Academics and Holocaust survivors dead in mysterious circumstances. Museums and libraries burning. Digital records and irreplaceable proofs, lost for ever. Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop the lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game. As Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife-edge and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War - but who stands to gain most from the chaos? Taut, authoritative and explosive, To Kill the Truth takes us to the edge of anarchy, a world without truth in which history will be rewritten by those who live to shape it. Praise for Sam Bourne: 'In To Kill the Truth, Maggie Costello rivetingly tackles a cabal of Holocaust and slavery deniers, whose aim is nothing less than to destroy memory' Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month 'A propulsive plot and an appealing heroine . . . The premise is both intriguing and, in the current climate of post-truth, fake news and sour populism, grimly topical' Guardian 'Chilling . . . You think today's news is nightmarish enough? Sam Bourne's provocative thriller imagines things getting much, much worse' Mail on Sunday 'Urgently topical' The Times 'A Day of the Jackal for these dizzying times' Ian Rankin

Plot Against the President

Plot Against the President

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne.The unthinkable has happenedThe United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford Mac McNamara.When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President

To Kill the President

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president. A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne. The unthinkable has happened... The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford `Mac' McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes. Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President

To Kill the President

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president. A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne. The unthinkable has happened... The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford `Mac' McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes. Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President: The most explosive thriller of the year

To Kill the President: The most explosive thriller of the year

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne.The unthinkable has happened...The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford 'Mac' McNamara.When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President: The most explosive thriller of the year

To Kill the President: The most explosive thriller of the year

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne.The unthinkable has happened...The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford 'Mac' McNamara.When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

Benjamin Broccoli

Benjamin Broccoli

Author: Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2015

Sammy Spinach

Sammy Spinach

Author: Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2015

Penelope Pea

Penelope Pea

Author: Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2015

Sam Bourne 4-Book Thriller Collection

Sam Bourne 4-Book Thriller Collection

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2014

Four nail-biting thrillers from No. 1 bestselling author Sam Bourne.THE RIGHTEOUS MEN:THE LAST TESTAMENT:THE FINAL RECKONING:THE CHOSEN ONE:

Der Gewahlte

Der Gewahlte

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2013

Der US-Prasident: Macher, Morder oder Marionette?Der grandiose Verschworungsthriller von Bestsellerautor Sam BourneEr war der Auenseiter. Mit seiner Wahl hat niemand gerechnet. Oder etwa doch?Der neue US-Prasident Stephen Baker ist kaum im Amt, da droht ihm ein Blogger mit explosiven Enthullungen. - und wird kurz danach tot aufgefunden. Baker gerat unter Verdacht: hat er den Mord befohlen? Gejagt von Presse, FBI und einem Killer sucht Bakers Beraterin Maggie Costello nach der Wahrheit - und gerat auf die Spur einer perfiden Verschworung ...Rasant, realistisch und erschreckend plausibel - Sam Bourne ist der Meister der Spannung

Connie Carrot

Connie Carrot

Author: Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2013