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Ben Macintyre for Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle in Bath

Monday 19th September

  • Venue Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath, BA1 2RH
  • Doors open 7pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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 Ben Macintyre is the bestselling historian and author of books such as Agent Sonya, The Spy and the TraitorAgent ZigzagOperation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper’s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. Just this year, two of his books have been adapted for film and television – Operation Mincemeat and SAS: Rogue Heroes.

Now he brings us the incredible true story of the most infamous prison in history…

In a forbidding Gothic castle on a hilltop in the heart of Nazi Germany, an unlikely band of British officers spent the Second World War plotting daring escapes from their Nazi captors. Or so the story of Colditz has gone, unchallenged for 70 years. But that tale contains only part of the truth.

The astonishing inside story, revealed for the first time by Macintyre, is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of snobbery, class conflict, homosexuality, bullying, espionage, boredom, insanity and farce. With access to an astonishing range of material, Macintyre reveals a remarkable cast of characters of multiple nationalities hitherto hidden from history, with captors and prisoners living for years cheek-by-jowl in a thrilling game of cat and mouse.

From the elitist members of the Colditz Bullingdon Club to America’s oldest paratrooper and least successful secret agent, the soldier-prisoners of Colditz were courageous and resilient as well as vulnerable and fearful — and astonishingly imaginative in their desperate escape attempts. Deeply researched and full of incredible human stories, this is the definitive book on Colditz.
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