Joan Brady was the first woman to win the Whitbread Book of the Year Award (now Costa)
‘A prize winning author with a conscience, brave… polished… iconoclasticc’
Independent

‘A harrowingly honest writer.’

Financial Times
People say, “Stick with what you know.” But why should you? I did write an autobiography, The Unmaking of a Dancer, and I did know about ballet. But my prize-winning book, Theory Of War, took years of research. So did a book about a medical scandal, Death Comes for Peter Pan, and a book about a con man musician, The Émigré;. Three genre thrillers led me deeper into alien territory: prisons, politics, corporate dirty tricks, corruption in high places.

America’s Dreyfus fits right in. There’s a lovely quote from Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a US senator from New York: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. No one is entitled to his own facts.” But politically-motivated people making up their own facts kept Richard III a villain for centuries; the same kind of political motivation has kept Alger Hiss a villain for decades. What’s fascinating is that the real facts are right out there in the public domain for anybody to see. It’s an Emperor’s new clothes of a case. Putting the pieces together takes a bit of time, but once revealed, they make the truth almost painfully obvious.

The real facts also make a marvellous thriller about – guess what? – prisons, politics, corporate dirty tricks and corruption in high places.