Author: Graham Hurley

After a career as a documentary-maker with ITV, Graham Hurley now writes full time. Two of his Faraday and Winter novels were shortlisted for the Theakston Crime Prize, while the launch title for his WW2 series – Finisterre – was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing award. He lives with his wife, Lin, in East Devon. More at grahamhurley.co.uk.

Madness

Graham Hurley
Johnson graffiti

“Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad“. Sophocles did not, of course, have Boris Johnson in mind, but the dramatist’s line from Antigone has survived the passage of time, and two recent speeches – coupled with Johnson’s usual insouciance about the gathering storms that beset us all – suggest that Greek […]

Thank you and goodnight: the Conservative Party conference…

Graham Hurley

Watching Priti Patel tossing chunks of glistening legislation to the rapt audience at the Tory Party Conference is to be powerfully reminded of feeding time at the zoo. The same Pavlovian flutter of audience hands at the applause lines; the same salivating eagerness for yet more blood, yet more political protein; the same smacking of […]

Welcome to the Kingdom of Shambolica

Graham Hurley

As the Conservative party conference ploughs on, welcome to the Kingdom of Shambolica: 137,000 deaths from Covid (official figures), but probably a great deal more blowing over £37 billion on a test-and-trace programme that never worked properly an NHS on its knees and menaced with yet more privatisation growing evidence of dodgy Russian donors to […]

The final hurricane : Inspiration4 comes at a great cost to the planet

Graham Hurley

Cape Canaveral, home of the Kennedy Space Centre, is in Florida.  The Sunshine State has long been the favourite destination for hundreds of thousands of tourists, many of them British, in search of warmth, fabulous beaches, and the many excitements of Disneyworld.  More recently, along with neighbouring Alabama and Louisiana, it has also become ground […]

The V-word

Graham Hurley

The role of leader of the opposition can be a curse, as well as an opportunity, and just now – as Johnson completes his second drive-by reshuffle – must be the perfect moment for Sir Keir Starmer to pause and take stock.  The worst government in living memory is beset by crisis after crisis, and […]

Hell or High Water?

Graham Hurley

The TV pictures from Kabul last weekend were apocalyptic: thousands of desperate Afghans converging on the airport, families and a handful of belongings crammed into their cars. Already refugees in the face of the breaking wave of Taliban at the city’s gates, many of them chose to spend the night parked up around the airport […]

The great co-ordination

Graham Hurley

Gleichschaltung is one of history’s most sinister euphemisms. The word is German and it means ‘co-ordination’. Hitler and other architects of the Third Reich used it to build a totalitarian state that purged Germany of all opposition. From 1933 onwards, das Volk, the people, were urged to march in perfect formation towards a future that […]