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Anne Sebba

Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer and presenter and former Reuters’ foreign correspondent. She has written eight acclaimed books including That Woman and Jennie Churchill and is Chair of the Society of Authors.

City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir
1930s Shanghai: in the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world; a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, fortunes made – and lost. Award-winning author Paul French offers a spellbinding account of Shanghai’s lawless 1930s, and two of its most notorious criminals who bestrode the city like kings: ‘Lucky’ Jack Riley, an ex-Navy boxing champion; and ‘Dapper’ Joe Fa...
Speaking of Murder
International bestselling author Anthony Horowitz talks about his ‘infectiously zestful’ novel, The Sentence is Death. Richard Pryce is a phenomenally successful divorce lawyer, living on the edge of Hampstead Heath. When he is found murdered, the police, baffled by the strange circumstances of his death, are forced to hand the case to Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, who takes it on with characteristic relish. But, as Hawthorne investigates, he finds his own life is in dan...
Scandalous Socialites

Natalie Livingstone’s captivating The Mistresses of Cliveden and Claudia Renton’s Those Wild Wyndhamsprovide two fascinating chronicles of the ways in which exceptional women challenged, evaded and exploited the expectations of their times. Anne Sebba facilitates this exploration of sex and power, passion and romance, dramatic lives and tragic devastation.

KL: A History of Nazi Concentration Camps
In a landmark work of history, winner of the JQ/Wingate Prize,Nikolaus Wachsmann, offers an unprecedented, integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through to their demise in the spring of 1945. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps is described by Mark Mazower as ‘history writing of the highest order’ and ‘surely one of the outstanding books written on the Third Reich in the past decade.’ Chaired by ...
Forgotten Fictions: The Wise Virgins

JBW joins forces with the Society of Authors to celebrate Persephone Press’s new edition of Leonard Woolf’s forgotten classic, The Wise Virgins. Written on the Woolfs’ honeymoon in 1912, the semi-autobiographical novel examining moral, personal and social dilemmas is discussed by founder of Persephone Books Nicola Beaumann and literary biographer Lyndall Gordon, with Anne Sebba.