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Guy Walters, September 2010
8 August 1971 |
Kensington, London, England, UK
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Westfield College, University of London
Guy Walters (born 8 August 1971) is a British author, novelist, historian, academic and journalist.
Life and career
Guy Walters was born in Kensington, London. A descendant of Richard Harris Barham and Edward Augustus Bond, he was educated at Cheam School, Eton College, Westfield College, University of London (now part of Queen Mary, University of London), and is studying for a PhD in history at Newcastle University.
From 1992 to 2000 he worked at The Times. In 2000 he became a novelist. His first book, The Traitor, was published in 2002, and concerns the British Free Corps, a British unit of the Waffen-SS. The Leader (2003) is set in a Britain ruled by Oswald Mosley as a Fascist dictator. The Occupation (2004) takes place during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. The Colditz Legacy (2005) is set in Colditz Castle during the war and the 1970s. With James Owen, he edited The Voice of War in 2004, a collection of Second World War memoirs. In 2006 he published Berlin Games, a history of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which was shortlisted for the 2006 William Hill Sports Book of the Year and the 2007 Outstanding Book of the Year by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.
In 2009, Walters published Hunting Evil, a history of how the Nazi war criminals escaped after the war, and how they were brought to justice. In October 2007, as part of his research for the book, Walters attempted to visit the alleged Nazi war criminal Erna Wallisch at her flat in Vienna, Austria. Wallisch, a former concentration camp guard at Ravensbrück and Majdanek, was the seventh most wanted person on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of suspected war criminals from the Second World War. Wallisch refused to talk to Walters.
"Frustrated at the enormous amount of junk history around, Guy sees it as his personal mission to wage war on ignorance and misconceptions about the past."  Writing in the Daily Mail Walters has raised questions regarding the veracity of Denis Avey's claims to have smuggled himself into Auschwitz and about fraudulent Holocaust memoirs generally, and has questioned the level of acclaim given to Mary Seacole.
- The Traitor (2002), ISBN 0-7553-0056-4
- The Leader (2003), ISBN 0-7553-0057-2
- The Voice of War: The Second World War Told by Those Who Fought It (2004), ISBN 0-670-91423-1 (ed. with James Owen)
- The Occupation (2004), ISBN 0-7553-2064-6
- The Colditz Legacy (2005), ISBN 0-7553-2715-2
- Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream (2006), ISBN 0-7195-6783-1
- Diary of a Hapless Househusband (2007) (as Sam Holden), ISBN 978-0-099-50936-3
- Growing Pains of a Hapless Househusband (2008) (as Sam Holden), ISBN 978-0-09-951807-5
- Hunting Evil: The Nazi War Criminals who Escaped and the Dramatic Hunt to Bring Them to Justice (2009), ISBN 978-0-593-05991-3
- The Real Great Escape (2013), ISBN 978-0-593-07190-8
- Nazis, Spies & Fakes: Ten Years at the Coalface of History (2013)
- Michael Leidig "Elderly woman is wanted Nazi war criminal", 22 October 2007
- "Guy Walters – Telegraph Blogs". Blogs.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "Denis Avey 'broke into Auschwitz' to expose Holocaust; but is this account an insult? | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "The curious case of the "break into Auschwitz"". Newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "Could there be anything more twisted than these holocaust fantasists? How more people are making up memoirs about witnessing Nazi crimes | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "The black Florence Nightingale and the making of a PC myth: One historian explains how Mary Seacole's story never stood up | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- Walters, Guy. "Revealed: The oddball who hid £1bn of art in his squalid flat...". Daily Mail.
- "Guy Walters's blog". Newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "Guy Walters from HarperCollins Publishers". Harpercollins.com. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2013-10-05.