John Eidinow has published three books with his co-author David Edmonds, each describing knock-down, drag-out clashes between men of titanic gifts: “Wittgenstein’s Poker” (Random House) which was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and translated into over thirty languages; “Bobby Fischer Goes to War” (Faber & Faber) which was long listed for the Samuel Johnson prize; and “Rousseau’s Dog” (Faber & Faber).
He was a presenter/interviewer for BBC Radio 4 and World Service radio, working in news and current affairs and making documentaries on historical and contemporary issues. “Innocence to Die For”, a tale of love, deceit and espionage in the opening months of the Second World War, is his first novel.
THE TRUE STORY OF HER MISSION TO SAVE SCHOLARS FROM HITLER'S PERSECUTION
Esther Simpson – Tess to her friends – devoted her life to resettling academic refugees, the most eminent of whom she thought of as her family. By the end of her life, Esther could count among her ‘children’, as she called them.
THE DEBUT NOVELS BY JOHN EIDINOW
Opening in London on the eve of war in August 1939 and climaxing on the first night of the blitz in September 1940, Innocence To Die For is rooted in the historic realities of the period, mingling historical and fictional characters in its tale of love, deceit and espionage.
For Peter Hill, the Second World War meant five years of clandestine life under diplomatic cover in Switzerland, contacting resistance groups inside occupied France and handling a key British source high in German military intelligence.