Guy Walters

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Guy Walters
Guy Walters November 2014.JPG
Walters, November 2014
Born (1971-08-08) 8 August 1971 (age 48)
Kensington, London, England.
Alma materEton College
Westfield College, University of London
Newcastle University
Spouse(s)Annabel Venning

Guy Edward Barham Walters (born 8 August 1971) is a British author, historian and journalist. He is known for his writing about the Second World War.

Early life and education[edit]

Walters was born in Kensington, London, on 8 August 1971.[1] He is a descendant of Richard Harris Barham and Edward Augustus Bond. He was educated at Cheam School, Eton College, Westfield College, University of London (now part of Queen Mary, University of London), and is studying for a PhD in history at Newcastle University. His thesis is on the postwar activities of Werner Naumann.


From 1992 to 2000, he worked at The Times. His first book, The Traitor, was published in 2002, and concerns the British Free Corps, a British unit of the Waffen-SS. The Leader (2003) is set in a Britain ruled by Oswald Mosley as a Fascist dictator. The Occupation (2004) takes place during the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The Colditz Legacy (2005) is set in Colditz Castle during the war and the 1970s.

With James Owen, he edited The Voice of War in 2004, a collection of Second World War memoirs. In 2006 he published Berlin Games, a history of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which was shortlisted for the 2006 William Hill Sports Book of the Year and the 2007 Outstanding Book of the Year by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.[citation needed]

In 2009, Walters published Hunting Evil, a history of how the Nazi war criminals escaped after the war, and how they were brought to justice.

"Frustrated at the enormous amount of junk history around, Guy sees it as his personal mission to wage war on ignorance and misconceptions about the past.".[2] He was scathing about the Hitler conspiracy book and film Grey Wolf describing it as "2,000 per cent rubbish" when the book was published. Walters added: "It's an absolute disgrace. There's no substance to it at all. It appeals to the deluded fantasies of conspiracy theorists and has no place whatsoever in historical research."[3]

Writing in the Daily Mail, Walters has raised questions regarding the veracity of Denis Avey's claims to have smuggled himself into Auschwitz[4] and about fraudulent Holocaust memoirs generally,[citation needed] and has questioned the level of acclaim given to Mary Seacole.[citation needed]

In June 2013, he was appointed to the position of lecturer in modern British history at the New College of the Humanities in London.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Walters lives in Wiltshire with his wife Annabel Venning and their two children.[5]

Selected publications[edit]


  • The Traitor (2002), ISBN 0-7553-0056-4
  • The Leader (2003), ISBN 0-7553-0057-2
  • The Occupation (2004), ISBN 0-7553-2064-6
  • The Colditz Legacy (2005), ISBN 0-7553-2715-2
  • Diary of a Hapless Househusband (2007) (as Sam Holden), ISBN 978-0-099-50936-3
  • Growing Pains of a Hapless Househusband (2008) (as Sam Holden), ISBN 978-0-09-951807-5



  1. ^ "Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006". Find My Past. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Guy Walters – Telegraph Blogs". Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  3. ^ Harding, Anna (25 January 2014). "New book claims THIS picture proves Hitler escaped his Berlin bunker and died in South America in 1984 aged 95". Mail Online. London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  4. ^ "The curious case of the "break into Auschwitz"". Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Guy Walters from HarperCollins Publishers". Harpercollins. Retrieved 8 June 2018.