John Sweeney
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John Sweeney

John Sweeney is a British writer and broadcaster who became a YouTube sensation in 2007 while working for BBC Panorama and lost his temper with a member of the Church of Scientology. He admitted looking like an 'exploding tomato'. As a reporter, first for The Observer, then the BBC Sweeney has covered wars and chaos in more than eighty countries and been undercover to a number of tyrannies including Chechnya, North Korea and Zimbabwe. He has helped free seven people falsely convicted of killing babies, starting with Sally Clark and Angela Cannings. He has 'door-stepped' Vladimir Putin over the killings in Ukraine and when he challenged Donald Trump about his business relationship with mafiosi Fat Tony Salerno, Mr Trump walked out on him. Over the course of his career John has won an Emmy, two Royal Television Society prizes, an Sony Gold award, the What The Papers Say Journalist of The Year Prize, an Amnesty International prize and the Paul Foot Award. His hobby is falling off his bike on the way back from the pub. Sweeney's rule of thumb in journalism is: 'I poke crocodiles in the eye with a stick.' He lives in London, has written seven non-fiction books and two novels. His first, Elephant Moon, has sold more than 150,000 copies. His second, Cold, will be published in the summer of 2016. He's on twitter, his handle stemming from his encounter with Scientology: @johnsweeneyroar

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Best Sellers

    • The Church of Fear

    • Inside the Weird World of Scientology
    • By: John Sweeney
    • Narrated by: John Sweeney
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly Bonkers

    • By David on 16-07-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Elephant Moon

    • By: John Sweeney
    • Narrated by: Helen Johns
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 389
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 360
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 363

    As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma, and the British rulers prepare to flee....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heartwarming

    • By Granny June on 28-01-16

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Cold

    • A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book 1
    • By: John Sweeney
    • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50

    In the feeble light of a London winter, Joe Tiplady walks his dog in the snow. He is not alone. Two men are tracking him, as is a woman with wolf eyes....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Narrator

    • By Jools on 09-07-16

    Regular price: £9.89

    • Road

    • A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book 2
    • By: John Sweeney
    • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    When a child is kidnapped by his unstable mother, the father turns to Joe Tiplady - offering him a lot of money to find the boy and bring him back....

    Regular price: £17.69

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