Jonathan Freedland was educated at University College School in Hampstead, after which he spent a gap year working on a kibbutz in Israel, before attending Wadham College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He started his career in broadcasting as a BBC news reporter across television and radio, and now presents BBC Radio 4’s current events programme The Long View. During his journalistic career, Freedland has worked as a correspondent, executive editor and columnist for the Guardian, as well as writing for the Washington Post, the Jewish Chronicle, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books and Newsweek, among others. In 2014, Freedland was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism.
Freedland’s first book, Bring Home the Revolution, came out in 1998, earning him the Somerset Maugham Award for Non-Fiction. It was followed by a family memoir, Jacob's Gift, in 2005. Freedland has also published several thrillers under the pseudonym of Sam Bourne, including The Righteous Men (2006), The Last Testament (2007) and The Final Reckoning (2008), while his 2015 thriller The 3rd Woman was published under his own name. In his majestic 2022 return to non-fiction - The Escape Artist – Freedland tells the incredible true story of two Jewish inmates who broke out of Auschwitz and alerted the world to the horrors of the Holocaust.
Both a thrilling story of escape and fortitude and a profoundly important contribution to Holocaust literature, Freedland's expertly crafted account of two Jewish inmates who broke out of Auschwitz and alerted the world to the horrors practiced there is an instant classic of World War II writing.
Books by Jonathan Freedland
Books by Jonathan Freedland as Sam Bourne
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