Alex von Tunzelmann
Alex von Tunzelmann
|Born||1977 (age 44–45)|
|Education||Brighton and Hove High School|
|Alma mater||University College, Oxford|
Alex von Tunzelmann (born 1977) is a British historian, screenwriter and author.
Early life and education
Tunzelmann was educated at Brighton and Hove High School, an independent school for girls in Brighton, and at University College at the University of Oxford. She read history and edited both Cherwell and Isis.
Tunzelmann has contributed to The Political Animal by Jeremy Paxman, The Truth About Markets by John Kay, Does Education Matter? by Alison Wolf, and Not on the Label by Felicity Lawrence. She has been recognized as a Financial Times Young Business Writer of the Year. She collaborated with Jeremy Paxman on his book, On Royalty.
From 2008 to 2016, Tunzelmann wrote a column for The Guardian entitled "Reel history", in which she discussed and rated popular films for their historical accuracy. She has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, BBC Lonely Planet Magazine, and The Daily Beast. She published Blood and Sand about the Suez Crisis of 1956 in 2016.
- Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, 2007, her first book, details the independence of India in 1947 and the process leading up to it, as well as the consequences after independence.
- Red Heat. Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean, 2011, covers the relationship of the United States with Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti during the time of the Cold War. Her overall framework is based on the idea that the Cold War was not a static phenomenon but instead dynamic and involved 'hot wars' as well.
- Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History, 2021, springboards over the many 2020 protests inspired by George Floyd's murder and the attendant defacing of statues to interrogate why they were put up, what they signified and how that changed over time. It was shortlisted for the 2022 Wolfson History Prize.
Tunzelmann wrote the script for the movie Churchill, a film that received mixed reviews, with some publications citing numerous historical inaccuracies. She also wrote episodes of the RAI period drama Medici, focusing on the powerful Florentine family.
A film based on her book Indian Summer is currently in development with Working Title Films.
- von Tunzelmann, Alex [@alexvtunzelmann] (10 April 2014). "German origin but from Saxony, not Prussia. Family Estonian since c1600, New Zealanders since c1850. Would like red coat though" (Tweet). Retrieved 9 February 2021 – via Twitter.
- "Cheating student flees to Germany". Oxford Mail. Gannett Company. 10 September 1998. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
- "Reel history". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
- "Alex von Tunzelmann Writer". United Agents. Limited Liability Partnership. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Blood & Sand". alexvontunzelmann.com. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
- Random House of Canada (1 September 2011). Red Heat by Alex von Tunzelmann (YouTube). Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Sands, Philippe (2 September 2021). "Monumental injustices — relics, racism and reparations". www.ft.com. Archived from the original on 2 September 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
- "£50k Wolfson History Prize shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 22 April 2022. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
- Roberts, Andrew (1 May 2017). "Fake History in "Churchill," starring Brian Cox". The Churchill Project. Hillsdale College. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- "Alex von Tunzelmann's personal website".
- Alex von Tunzelmann at Twitter
- Alex von Tunzelmann at IMDb
- "Short biography from McClelland".
- "Guardian newspaper's Film features". The Guardian. London. 21 July 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
- Corrigan, Maureen (2 August 2007). "In an Empire's End, Seeds of Freedom and Conflict". Fresh Air from WHYY. NPR.