Nicholas Burgess Farrell

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Nicholas Burgess Farrell (born 2 October 1958) is an English journalist and the author of Mussolini: A New Life.

Early life[edit]

Farrell was born in London, on 2 October 1958. He studied history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, earning his B.A. on 20 June 1980. He completed his apprenticeship and his National Certificate Examination exam in October 1984.


He worked as journalist for the Sunday Telegraph from 1987 to 1996, later moving to The Spectator from April 1996 to July 1998; Farrell then moved to Forlì, Italy, married an Italian woman and joined the Italian journalist association, at first working for the local newspaper "La voce di Romagna" and later for "Libero".[1]

Farrell's most famous article is an interview with Silvio Berlusconi for The Spectator, where the Italian prime minister made statements which sparked criticism in Italy.[2]

Today he writes mainly for Libero, a liberal conservative newspaper supportive of centre-right politics.