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 as a freelance journalist, primarily for the South China Morning Post. My subject matter includes George Orwell’s prediction of the current Cold War in East Asia and a travel story on Prague: In Assassins’s Shoes. My articles 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 Polish grandmother’s life on the run from the Nazis and the heroics of RAF crews sent to war in obsolete technology. It’s 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. An RAF crew attempts Britain’s little-known first offensive of the war, and the destiny of Dyta, a Polish teenage girl, edges closer to theirs – and ultimately 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.
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