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Fall: Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2021

by John Preston

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Published 28th October 2021, 352 pages
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD
A SUNDAY TIMES AND TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR

The dramatic, gripping story of notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell is this year’s must have Christmas gift for fans of true crime and corruption! From the acclaimed author of A Very English Scandal.

‘The best biography yet of the media magnate Robert Maxwell - by turns engrossing, amusing and appalling’ Robert Harris, Sunday Times

‘Electrifying… the supreme chronicler of modern British scandals’ Mail on Sunday


Robert Maxwell was a very British success. Born an Orthodox Jew, he escaped the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, fought in the Second World War, and was decorated for his heroism with the Military Cross. He went on to become a Labour MP and an astonishingly successful businessman, owning a number of newspapers and publishing companies. But after his dead body was discovered floating in waters around his superyacht, his empire fell apart as long-hidden debts and unscrupulous dealings came to light. Within a few days, Maxwell was being reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption.

What went so wrong? How did a man who had once laid such store on the importance of ethics and good behaviour become reduced to a bloated, amoral wreck? In this gripping book, John Preston delivers the definitive account of Maxwell’s extraordinary rise and scandalous fall.

‘I have a shelf full of books about frauds, but this one is by far the most enjoyable’ Craig Brown, author of Ma’am Darling

Details

Fall: Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2021
by John Preston

ISBN
9780241388686

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

Binding
Paperback

Publication date
Oct. 28, 2021

Dimensions
19.8cm x 12.9cm x 2.1cm

Page count
352 pages