Andrew Williams (novelist)

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Born (1962-05-08) 8 May 1962 (age 56)
Occupation Author
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford
Genre Fiction
Subject History
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Andrew Williams (born 8 May 1962) is a British writer and former television journalist. He is a former Senior Producer and Director at the BBC, the author of four historical novels and two histories of the Second World War.

Early life

Andrew Williams was born on 8 May 1962 in Sheffield. He was educated at Carre's Grammar School, Sleaford and Trinity College, Oxford and was a member of its University Challenge team in 1983. He trained with Westminster Press and worked as a reporter with The Kentish Times newspaper group in south London.[1][2]


Williams joined the BBC as a News Trainee in 1986 and worked as a Producer on Newsnight. In 1992, he directed and produced the documentary A Journey Home with the model, Iman, on the famine and civil war in her native Somalia.[3][4] Then in 1993 he joined Panorama as an Assistant Editor, reporting on the domestic and international stories of the day. His programme with Reporter, Jane Corbin, on the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, War Crime: Five Days in Hell, was used as evidence at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, and nominated for an Emmy Award.[5]

In 1997, Williams directed and produced a ground breaking television series with Reporter, Peter Taylor, on the history of the Provisional IRA and Sinn Féin, Provos.[6] He then joined BBC documentaries to write and direct programmes for Timewatch and Reputations. His documentary, Journey to the Killing Fields, included an interview with Pol Pot's deputy, Nuon Chea before his arrest on war crimes charges. The programme was nominated for a Grierson Award.[7] His television history of the struggle against the German U-boat during World War II, The Battle of the Atlantic won the Mountbatten Maritime Prize and A New York Film and Television Festival Award, and was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, and he wrote a best selling companion book to the series.[8][9] In 2004, he produced and wrote the series, D-Day to Berlin and the accompanying book;[10][11] and in 2008 he directed a six-part drama documentary series about Stalin, World War II: Behind Closed Doors for executive producer and writer, Laurence Rees.[12][13]

Williams' first historical novel, The Interrogator was published by John Murray in 2009, and was shortlisted for both the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Ellis Peters Historical Award.[14][15] His second, To Kill A Tsar was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and was The Daily Mail's thriller of 2010.[14][15] His latest novel, The Suicide Club is a spy thriller set at British Army headquarters in France during World War 1 and in German occupied Belgium. The Daily Mail has described Williams as being "in the front rank of the new English thriller writers".[16]

Published works

Historical novels


  1. ^ "Book of a Lifetime", The Independent, 23 January 2009
  2. ^ "Former Sleaford author releases second novel", The Sleaford Standard, 14 July 2010
  3. ^ "Television Review", The Times, 20 October 1992
  4. ^ "Model with a Cause", Newsweek, 23 November 1992
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  6. ^ "The Best Factual Television of 1997", The Independent, 21 December 1997
  7. ^ "Thirty Years after the killing fields, Pol Pot's deputy is brought to justice", The Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2005
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  9. ^ Bestseller List: The Sunday Times, The Observer and Sunday Telegraph, 4 August 2002
  10. ^ Andrew Roberts review, London Evening Standard, 24 May 2004
  11. ^ "Surviving D-Day", The Sunday Times New Review, 6 June 2004
  12. ^ "TV Review", Daily Mail, 8 November 2008
  13. ^ "Making a deal with the devil", The Miami Herald, 5 November 2009
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  15. ^ a b "Plantation slaves, Russian anarchists and a Tudor lawyer battle it out for book prize", The Scotsman, 1 April 2011
  16. ^ Geoffrey Wansell (4 August 2010). "Thrillers". Daily Mail. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
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