Antony Beevor
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Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied under John Keegan. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army to write. He has published four novels, and ten books of non-fiction. His work has appeared in more than thirty foreign editions. His books include The Spanish Civil War; Inside the British Army; Crete — The Battle and the Resistance, which was awarded a Runciman Prize, and Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife Artemis Cooper). He has also contributed to several books including The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century, edited by Hew Strachan and to Russia – War, Peace & Diplomacy in honour of the late John Erickson. Stalingrad, first published in 1998, won the first Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature in 1999. The British edition was a number one bestseller in both hardback and paperback. Berlin – The Downfall 1945, published in 2002, was accompanied by a BBC Timewatch programme on his research into the subject. It has been a No. 1 Bestseller in seven countries as well as Britain, and in the top five in another nine countries. The book received the first Longman-History Today Trustees’ Award. In May 2004, he published The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, which describes the experiences of the Chekhov and Knipper families from before the Russian revolution until after the Second World War. His Russian research assistant Dr Lyubov Vinogradova and he edited and translated the war time papers of the novelist Vasily Grossman, published in September 2005 as A Writer at War – Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945. He has also published a completely revised edition of his 1982 history of the Spanish Civil War, with a great deal of new material from Spanish sources and foreign archives. This came out in Spain in September 2005 as La guerra civil española where it became the No.1 Bestseller and received the La Vanguardia prize for non-fiction. It appeared in English in spring, 2006, as The Battle for Spain – The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. It has been a top ten bestseller in eight countries. D-Day – The Battle for Normandy, published in June 2009, has been a No 1 Bestseller in seven countries, including the UK and France, and in the top ten in another eight countries. It has received the Prix Henry Malherbe in France and the Duke of Westminster Medal from the Royal United Services Institute. His most recent book, The Second World War, published in June 2012, is being translated into twenty-one languages. It has already been a No 1 bestseller in Britain and four other countries, and a bestseller in another four. Altogether, more than five million copies of his books have been sold. Antony Beevor was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1997 and in 2008 was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. He was the 2002-2003 Lees-Knowles lecturer at Cambridge. In 2003, he received the first Longman-History Today Trustees’ Award. He is also Visiting Professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. In September 2003, he succeeded Philip Pullman as Chairman of the Society of Authors and handed over to Helen Dunmore in September, 2005. He has received honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and the University of Bath. He was a judge of the British Academy Book Prize and the David Cohen Prize in 2004, and is a member of the Samuel Johnson Prize steering committee. He is married to the writer and biographer Artemis Cooper and they have a daughter Nella and a son Adam.

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    • The Second World War

    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 39 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 970
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 963

    The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Concise, Interesting and Entertaining

    • By David on 16-08-12

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Stalingrad

    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 535
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 485
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 480

    Stalingrad is a harrowing look at one of history's darkest moments....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply the best

    • By Dave on 29-09-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • D-Day

    • The Battle for Normandy
    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366

    The Normandy landings that took place on D-day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant book but please drop the accents

    • By Blobbo on 16-03-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Arnhem

    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book

    • By Mr James Carter on 05-06-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Berlin

    • The Downfall: 1945
    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 296

    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enthralling

    • By Conor Naylor on 03-08-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Battle for Spain

    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, complete, not for beginners

    • By christian on 21-10-12

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Ardennes 1944

    • Hitler's Last Gamble
    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 360

    On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good indeed.

    • By Mr. on 06-07-15

    Regular price: £24.00

    • Paris After the Liberation

    • By: Artemis Cooper, Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Antony Beevor's Paris After Liberation: 1944-1949 is a remarkable historical account of the chaos and uncertainty that followed the liberation of Paris in August 1944....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting book, shame about the voice.

    • By Bouquiniste on 02-07-18

    Regular price: £23.99

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