James Hayward

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James Hayward
BornJames Nice
(1966-01-06) 6 January 1966 (age 55)
Essex, England
Pen nameJames Hayward
SubjectWorld Wars I and II, recent art and music history

James Hayward is the pen name of James Nice (born 6 January 1966 in Essex), an English writer on military, modern art and post-punk musical history.


Hayward was educated at the University of Glasgow prior to working in music publishing at Les Disques du Crepuscule, and then as a solicitor.

Books by James Hayward include The Bodies on the Beach (2001),[1] Shingle Street (2002), Myths and Legends of the First World War (2002), Myths and Legends of the Second World War (2003) and Double Agent Snow - The True Story of Arthur Owens, Hitler's Chief Spy in England (2013).

As James Hayward, he has also written liner notes for several audiobook CDs including Artists' Rifles 1914-18, Memorial Tablet (Siegfried Sassoon), Oh! It's a Lovely War (4 volumes), British War Broadcasting 1938-1946, RAF Bomber Command at War (2 volumes), The Battle of Britain, D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, Futurism & Dada Reviewed, Voices of Dada, Surrealism Reviewed, Musica Futurista, Cocteau Satie & Les Six, Bauhaus Reviewed, Wyndham Lewis: The Enemy Speaks, Futurlieder and A Young Person's Guide to the Avant-Garde.

As James Nice, he made the 2006 documentary film Shadowplayers, a history of the Factory Records label, and wrote the 2010 book Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records. He runs the record labels LTM Recordings, Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crépuscule.


As James Hayward[edit]

  • —— (2001). The Bodies on the Beach. CD41 Publishing. ISBN 978-0954054915.
  • —— (2002). Shingle Street. CD41 Publishing. ISBN 978-0954054915.
  • —— (2002). Myths and Legends of the First World War. Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-0750928656.
  • —— (2003). Myths and Legends of the Second World War. Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-0750930475.
  • —— (2013). Double Agent Snow. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0857208545.

As James Nice[edit]

  • —— (2010). Shadowplayers - The Rise and Fall of Factory Records. Aurum Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1845135409.


  1. ^ Rankin, Nicholas (November 2009). A genius for deception: how cunning helped the British win two world wars. Oxford University Press. pp. 433–. ISBN 978-0-19-538704-9. Retrieved 27 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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WARNING: Both WorldCat pages confuse multiple writers named James Hayward.