Brian Moynahan

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Brian Moynahan is an English journalist, historian and biographer. He was born in 1941, the son of the dermatologist Edmund Moynahan of Guy's and Great Ormond Street Hospitals.[1] He was educated at Sherborne School and University of Cambridge, where he was a Foundation Scholar of Corpus Christi College and editor of the student magazines Cambridge Opinion and Broadsheet. He graduated in 1962 with a double First in history.[2][3] He was a lead writer with The Yorkshire Post before covering wars in Vietnam, Laos and Borneo, the violencia in Colombia and the American intervention in the Dominican Republic, for Town Magazine, and The Times.[4] He also wrote on industry and business in the Far East. He was editor of Town before joining the staff of The Sunday Times in 1968. As a foreign correspondent, he covered the Arab-Israeli, Ethiopian and Lebanese conflicts, as well as events in Europe and Russia. He was latterly The Sunday Times Europe editor[5] based in Paris, before concentrating on writing books.

These include the award-winning history, The Russian Century,[6][7] The Faith, a history of Christianity, If God Save my Life, a biography of William Tyndale, "a triumph, authoritative, vital, passionate, closely attentive to the sources"[8] and the best-selling Airport International and Jungle Soldier. Leningrad Siege and Symphony, an account of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, was a Spectator Book of The Year, "Tolstoyan ... by far the fullest and most compelling I have read".[9]


  • Airport International 1978
  • Fool's Paradise 1983
  • Claws of the Bear, a history of the Soviet Armed Forces 1989
  • Comrades 1917, Russia in Revolution 1992
  • The Russian Century 1994
  • Rasputin, the Saint who Sinned 1998
  • The British Century 1999
  • The Faith, a history of Christianity 2003
  • If God Spare My Life 2003
  • The French Century 2007
  • Forgotten Soldiers 2008
  • Jungle Soldier 2010
  • Leningrad Siege and Symphony, Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony 2014


According to Geoffrey Gibbons, Moynahan's book If God spare my life is a remarkably vivid and compelling account of the life of one of the most determined and single minded of the new reformers who saw the need for a translation of the Bible from the Latin or Greek of other versions into the vernacular accessible to anyone who read English. Thomas More, as Chancellor of England, whose remit was to uphold and enforce the law proved to be Tyndale's bitterest enemy and Moynahan shows in the pages of his book how More used every device and scheme to seize Tyndale, bring him back to England with the clear and expressed intent to have him brought before an ecclesiastical court as a heretic, to be so charged and convicted of the offence and then handed over to the civil authority to be dealt with.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Dictionary of medical eponyms, Moynahan syndromes I, II, III, proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1962, 1970
  2. ^ The Times June 23, 1961 p 15, June 28, 1962 p 17
  3. ^ Cover of: Brian Moynahan: God's Bestseller. New York, 2003
  4. ^ Random House Inc., Author Spotlight
  5. ^ Brian Unsworth, National Catholic Register, 21 March 2003
  6. ^ Perseus Book Group, 23 December 1999
  7. ^ Lire magazine
  8. ^ Adam Nicolson, Evening Standard
  9. ^ The Spectator 16 December 2014

Interview with Brian Moynahan (Aug 23 2010)