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David Southwell (born 1971) is the author of a number of best-selling books on conspiracy theories and organized crime. He has also written scripts for Independent British comic books.
In his role at the BRC, he regularly clashed with the British government's media relations department, and pressure groups, and played a part in forcing Stephen Byers to scrap the Rip-Off Britain campaign. Previously Southwell worked as a journalist and as Director of Communications for the British Retail Consortium - before turning to full-time writing. In 2003, in a front page story in The Sunday Times Southwell, then a spokesman for the BRC, mentioned that MI5 was co-ordinating with the business community with regard to potential terrorism. Southwell later reported in his own books that he had liaised with MI5 on anti-terrorism issues and with the UK Government's emergency planning Cabinet Committee COBRA (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A).
A regular broadcaster in the UK and North America on the subjects of conspiracies and counter-culture, he jokingly claims on the back of his books that if he 'dies a mysterious death it will be because he knows too much and has upset some very powerful people.'
In early 2016 Southwell Appeared on (and won) the BBC quiz Pointless.
Major non-fiction works
- Guano Stains Grandma aka Astounding Anagrams (with Anne-Marie Forker) - 1999
- Conspiracy Theories (with Sean Twist) - 1999
- Dirty Cash - 2002
- Conspiracy Files (with Sean Twist) - 2004
- Secrets and Lies - 2005
- Global Gangland The History of Organized Crime - 2006
- 1001 Ridiculous Ways to Die (with Matt Adams) - 2008
- The Kennedy Assassination: The Truth behind the Conspiracy that Killed the President - 2012
- 1001 More Ridiculous Ways to Die - 2013