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"I was a Daily Telegraph reporter for almost ten years before becoming the newspaper's Defence Correspondent. It was my dream job and I only left to have more time to write books. By the time I left the Telegraph, after 15 years with the newspaper, I had already written seven books. The most famous of these was, probably, Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park, which was a UK number one bestseller. My personal favourite remains Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews, which led to international recognition of Frank Foley's efforts to rescue Jews from the Holocaust.
"My first book was Odd Man Out: The Story of the Singapore Traitor. I wrote this with Peter Elphick, who had come to me with the story of Patrick Heenan, an Indian Army officer stationed
in Malaya at the start of the war in the Far East. It was a riveting tale. Heenan, a sad character who failed to fit into the class-ridden officer's mess, passed the Japanese the secrets that led to the destruction of the RAF's forces in Malaya, ensuring that Singapore fell to the Japanese.
"Spies and special operations tend to be the focus of all my books. At the moment I am writing a novel, a detective story set in wartime Germany that manages to combine all three of those issues - spies, special operations and the war. I have just finished a book on a top secret US special operations unit which is due to be published in the new year. It is called Killer Elite and the many new stories that will come out of it are still wrapped in secrecy so watch this website for further details! A brief outline is on the Special Operations Forces page."