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GeoffreyWansell

Author and Journalist

 

For a synopsis of any of Geoffrey's books, please click on the appropriate cover.

David Suchet

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Dark Angel

An EvilLove

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Garrick History

Cary Grant biography

Goldsmith biography

Bus Stop Killer


GeoffreyWansell outside bookshopGeoffrey Wansell is a London based author and free-lance journalist, who now works principally for the Daily Mail.

He’s published twelve books, including biographies of the movie star Cary Grant, the business tycoon Sir James Goldsmith, and the playwright Sir Terence Rattigan, a book which was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize as book of the year.

Geoffrey Wansell is an experienced true crime author whose past books include The Bus Stop Killer, about the shocking murder of Milly Dowler, and An Evil Love, telling the story of Frederick West through exclusive access to tape recordings.

A member for more than 25 years, he is also the official historian of the Garrick Club in London, one of only four appointed during the Club’s 185 years of existence.

When The Whales CameA lifelong fan of the movies, he was also executive producer of the Golden Swan production "When the Whales Came" for Twentieth Century Fox, a film based on the best-selling children’s story by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo.
Shot entirely on location on the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall in England, it starred Dame Helen Mirren, Paul Scofield and David Suchet.


In 1844 a school of Narwhal Whales were slaughtered by the islanders of Samson. Soon after, the island was destroyed by a terrible curse - the Curse of the Narwhal. Seventy years later on the small island of Bryher, two young children are playing on the beach when they befriend an old and mysterious man, known locally as 'The Birdman', he is the sole survivour from Samson and only he knows the truth behind the curse. The friendship develops until one day it is put to the ultimate test as a single Narwhal is beached on the island, and as the villagers gather to kill it, the unlikely threesome begin a dangerous mission, not only to save the whale ....but to save the island itself.


Directed by Clive Rees, 'When the Whales Came' was eventually produced in 1988, and in 1989 was given a Royal Premiere in London, before the Prince and Princess of Wales. It went on to be shown in cinemas in more than 30 countries and on video and DVD in even more. The revered British cinema critic Dilys Powell called it: ‘quite wonderful’. Please click on the following link to the 'When the Whales Came' IMdb page for more information on the movie.

Geoffrey has just finished a book for Michael Joseph and Penguin entitled 'Lifers' about the sixty or so men, and two women, who are subject to ‘whole life terms’ of imprisonment - which means they are almost certain to end their lives behind bars. It will cover more than twenty specific cases, with details of the crimes, the resulting trials, what the killers said themselves about their actions, and what the victims’ families felt. 'Lifers' will be published May/June 2016.

It is the first time anyone has ever tried to bring all these cases together, and to ask the complicated question ‘Should life mean life?’ when it comes to those who commit the most heinous of all crimes, including the killing of children and police or prison officers. It is bound to prove controversial, because Geoffrey argues that society and the judicial system which represents it are not always clear about exactly what they mean when they say ‘Lock them up and throw away the key!’



Geoffrey Wansell's biography of Terence Rattigan has now been republished to great acclaim by Oberon Books.
'Terence Rattigan - A Biography' has also been published as an ebook and is on sale at the Kindle Book Store

Terence Rattigan
Geoffrey Wansell is a vice-president of the Terence Rattigan Society.

In April 2013, Martin Jarvis directed 'The Browning Version' for the BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama series, with Michael York as Andrew Crocker-Harris.

Martin Jarvis then read extracts, including some behind the scenes background to the play, adapted from
'Terence Rattigan - A Biography'
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This adaptation was entitled 'The Rattigan Version' and it can be heard in full by clicking on the following link:
'The Rattigan Version'


 

Poirot and MeGeoffrey Wansell's previous book was written in conjunction with the actor David Suchet and is called 'Poirot and Me'. It was published by Headline in the autumn of 2013. Please click on the cover to the left in order to read the Press Release and some extracts from the book.

Here are two YouTube links, one a book signing at Goldsboro Books, the second one is the Q and A David Suchet gave with Geoffrey on Playing Poirot after the preview of Dead Man's Folly at the British Film Institute.

'Poirot and Me' was published on November the 7th 2013 and can be purchased at £20 by following this link to the Headline site: Headline Publishing.


It can be also be purchased from all good bookshops and online - including a Kindle edition - from Amazon by clicking on the following link:
'Poirot and Me' by David Suchet.


Geoffrey Wansell has been a full-time writer for nearly 50 years.


 



 

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