David Southwell

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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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed] Previously Southwell worked as a journalist and as Director of Communications for the British Retail Consortium - before turning to full-time writing.[citation needed] 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.[1] 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).[citation needed]

He has acknowledged a specialist knowledge and ongoing interest in the Angry Brigade and conspiracies surrounding the events that inspired VALIS.[citation needed]

In 2005 he was thanked as an inspiration by Gary Russell in his Doctor Who novel Spiral Scratch.

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.'[citation needed]

Southwell lives on a narrowboat on the Regent's Canal in London and married, for the second time, in 2010.[2] He wears an eye patch due to the loss of 80% of the sight in one eye. [3]

In early 2016 Southwell Appeared on (and won) the BBC quiz Pointless.

Major non-fiction works[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leppard, David; Rufford, Nicholas (30 November 2003). "MI5 fears Christmas bombings". The Times. London. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  2. ^ David's blog
  3. ^ Tweet from official account

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