John Preston

John Preston is a former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years he was the Sunday Telegraph’s television critic and one of its chief feature writers. His novel, The Dig, based the 1939 archaeological excavation at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, has been filmed starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James. His most recent book A Very English Scandal, was published to great acclaim in 2016 and turned into FAFTA-winning BBC drama series starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw. Image © Justine Stoddart
The Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell
On 5 November 1991, media mogul and former MP Robert Maxwell disappeared from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, off the Canary Islands. Shortly afterwards, he was found dead in the water. Maxwell had enjoyed a stellar rise from his origins as a refugee from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to WWII hero, becoming a Labour MP and an astonishingly successful businessman, the owner of newspapers and publishing companies. But on his death, his empire fell apart; long-hidden debt and unscrupulous dealings...