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2017, John Eidinow

John Eidinow

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 twenty languages; Bobby Fischer Goes to War (Faber & Faber) which was long listed for the Samuel Johnson prize; and Rousseau’s Dog (Faber & Faber). 

 

Before becoming an author, 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.

He read law at Cambridge, qualifying as a barrister and practising, briefly, in London.  Two years’ National Service in the army saw him having a great time learning Russian. 

 

Innocence To Die For, a tale of love, deceit and espionage in the opening months of the Second World War, is his first novel.