August 9, 1946|
|Genre||Non-fiction, fiction, crime, mystery|
David Downing is a contemporary British author of mystery novels and nonfiction. His works have been reviewed by Publishers Weekly, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is known for his "convincing" depiction of World War II and Berlin, probably due to his studies and familiarity with the subject. He has written a series of espionage thrillers, based around Anglo-American character John Russell exploring Germany in the 1940s. They are known as "The Station Series" because they are all named after train stations, mostly in Berlin. It concluded in June 2013 after six novels with Masaryk Station.
His contributions to the studies of World War II history have appeared in both historical nonfiction and fictional thrillers. His studies mainly examine the events that decided "the fate of Germany and Japan" toward the end of the war. He wrote a counterfactual history of the Second World War, The Moscow Option. He has also been known to write under the pseudonym David Monnery and also wrote An Atlas of Territorial and Border Disputes (1980, New English Library, ISBN 0-450-04804-7).
In the 1970s, Downing contributed to the music magazine Let It Rock and published a study of utopian and science fiction explorations of the future in music, Future Rock, analysing the work of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and others.
John Russell series
- Zoo Station (2007) ISBN 978-1-56947-971-1
- Silesian Station (2008) ISBN 978-1-56947-573-7
- Stettin Station (2009) ISBN 978-1-56947-919-3
- Potsdam Station (2010) ISBN 1-56947-917-8
- Lehrter Station (2012) ISBN 978-1-61695-074-3
- Masaryk Station (2013) ISBN 978-1616952235
Jack McColl series
- Jack of Spies (2013) ISBN 978-1-61695-268-6
- One Man's Flag (2015) ISBN 978-1-61695-270-9
- Lenin's Roller Coaster (2017) ISBN 978-1-61695-604-2
- The Dark Clouds Shining (2018) ISBN 978-1-61695-606-6
- Future Rock (1976) ISBN 978-0-586-04308-0
- Clint Eastwood—All-American Anti-Hero (with Gary Herman), (1978) ISBN 0-86001-412-6
- Jane Fonda—All-American Anti-Heroine (with Gary Herman), (1980) ISBN 0-86001-644-7
- Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-two Days that Decided World War II, (2009) ISBN 0-306-81620-2
- "Fiction Book Review: Potsdam Station by David Downing".
- "Fiction Book Review: Zoo Station by David Downing".
- "Covert Operations". The New York Times. 24 April 2011.
- Allan Massie. (2011, April 30). REVIEW --- Books: In the World of Night and Fog--- The 12 years of Hitler's Third Reich are fertile ground for novelists [review of the book Potsdam Station. Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition), p. C.5. http://search.proquest.com/docview/864068827
- Downing, David (3 September 2013). "Jack of Spies". Old Street Publishing – via Amazon.