LitLunch Online with Henry Hemming

September 24, 2020 - 2:00 pm
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‘Superbly researched and written with gripping fluency, this lost secret of World War II espionage finally has its expert chronicler.’ – William Boyd

‘Gripping and intoxicating, it unfolds like the best screenplay.’ – Nicholas Shakespeare

Going live at 2pm, Thursday 24 September, on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel, C. J. Schüler will be in conversation with Henry Hemming about his latest book, Our Man in New York (Quercus).

When William Stephenson arrived in the United States in June 1940 with instructions from the head of MI6 to set up a covert operation to manipulate American public opinion, Britain was on the verge of defeat. Surveys showed that just 14% of the US population wanted to go to war against Nazi Germany. But soon that began to change…

Those opposed to America’s entry into the war, such as the aviator Charles Lindbergh, talked of a British-led plot to drag the US into the conflict. They feared that the British were flooding the American media with ‘fake news’, infiltrating pressure groups, rigging opinion polls and meddling in US politics.

These claims were shocking: they were also true.

Henry Hemming is the author of six works of non-fiction including the Sunday Times bestseller M, the Dolman Travel Award-shortlisted Misadventure in the Middle East and Churchill’s Iceman, published as The Ingenious Mr Pyke in the US, where it was a New York Times bestseller. He has written for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times and the Washington Post, and has given interviews on Radio 4’s Today programme and NBC’s Today show. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

The paperback edition of Our Man in New York by Henry Hemming (rrp £9.99) can be purchased from hive at the discount price of £9.09.