William and Margaret Joyce â€“ Lord and Lady Haw-Haw â€“ became one of the most mythologized, feared and ridiculed partnerships of the Second World War. His â€˜Germany Callingâ€™ broadcasts delivered in an upper-class drawl, and her more feminine, though no less insidious, pro-Nazi wireless talks, were part of the very fabric of the Home Front.
Yet when they were captured in May 1945, only he was charged with high treason â€“ a fact even more surprising when it became apparent that, unlike Margaret, William was not a British subject . . .
Authorized by William Joyceâ€™s daughter, Heather, and based on new interviews and previously unpublished archives, including letters, diaries and recently declassified Secret Service files, Haw-Haw is a meticulously researched and vividly written biography. In tracing William and Margaretâ€™s relationship from the rise of the fascist movement in the East End of London to the streets of war-torn Berlin, Nigel Farndale has written a compelling, evocative, and sometimes shocking study of two people whose passions overrode everything. This is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary marriage.
Publication date: 20/05/2005
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||20th May 2005|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography,|
Nigel Farndale is a columnist and feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph and has won a British Press Award for his interviews. He lives in London. This is his fourth book.More About Nigel Farndale