I studied history, education, global affairs and literary journalism at the Universities of Cardiff, Oxford and Hong Kong – where I stayed on as a senior researcher. I teach part-time and write regularly, as a freelancer, for the South China Morning Post. My subject matter includes George Orwell’s prediction of the current continuation of the Cold War in East Asia and the notion that East Asia in 2014 resembles Europe in 1914; my articles are often the ‘Most Viewed’ of the day on the on-line edition. They are available here on my website and at www.scmp.com/author/paul-letters.
My first novel-to-be, A Chance Kill, is inspired both by my grandmother’s escape from Poland in 1939 and the heroics of RAF crews sent to war in obsolete technology. It is a thriller based around authentic events and real lives, researched with the aid of professional historians in London, Warsaw and Prague. The soul of the story pitches hope against fear, roams the unspoken limits of loyalty and contests the value of a compromised life.
The story of Polish student Dyta is inspired by the author’s grandmother’s life on the run from the Nazis. Half a continent away, an RAF crew embark on Britain’s little-known first offensive of the war in obsolete technology. Dyta’s destiny edges closer to theirs – and towards the Allies’ most brazen covert operation to strike at the Nazis.
But more dangerous than the enemy is the assumption that your enemy’s enemy is your friend.
A CHANCE KILL Chapters 1-4 - click to read