Francis Beckett

The Traitor’s Tale

Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce

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You wait twenty years for a new Lord Haw-Haw biography, then three come along at once. Mary Kenny kicked off last year with Germany Calling; now we have Nigel Farndale’s book; and I’m told that the mammoth work which Professor Colin Holmes has been gestating for more than a decade is at last on the verge of completion.

Until last year, the only account of the extraordinary British fascist who broadcast for Hitler from Germany throughout the Second World War, and was hanged for treason in 1946, was a 1964 book by J A Cole, the intelligence officer who interrogated Joyce’s wife Margaret.

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