Jeremy Josephs

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Jeremy Josephs

Location: France, France

Member Since: September 2013

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After reading law at Leeds University (1975-8), I attended the Inns of Court School of Law in London. I was called to the Bar in 1979. 

I then accepted an offer to attend Bordeaux University as a lecturer-in-law for one year. At both Leeds and Bordeaux I was active in various human rights organizations, most notably Amnesty International. 

From the September of 1979 until the June of 1983, I worked as political assistant to the Rt. Hon. Sir David Steel, MP, then the leader of the Liberal Party.

The period of my employment with the Liberal Party was a particularly exciting time in British politics, coinciding with the birth of the SDP and the subsequent formation of the Liberal-SDP Alliance. The story of the development this political union formed the subject matter of my first publication INSIDE THE ALLIANCE, published by John Martin Publishing in 1983.

My second book, SWASTIKA OVER PARIS was published simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic in 1989 - Bloomsbury in the UK and Arcade in the US. The book is a true account of the plight of two Jewish families, one rich and one poor, during the war years. The book has appeared in paperback, a further 50,000 copies (condensed version) were published in September 1992, as part of a new Reader's Digest imprint "Today's Best Non-Fiction". A book club edition has also appeared. 

Dr. JACK - CALCUTTA'S PAVEMENT DOCTOR was published by Bloomsbury in the early summer of 1991. Once again it is a true story, this time a biography of a remarkable doctor who campaigns on behalf of the lepers and destitutes of West Bengal. An EVERYMAN television documentary, based upon the book, was broadcast by the BBC in the November of 1992. I acted as consultant to the producer. 

My next book, HUNGERFORD: ONE MAN'S MASSACRE, documenting the history of the tragedy at Hungerford was published by Smith Gryphon in the summer of 1993, with a paperback edition appearing shortly thereafter. The book was selected to appear in the Reader's Digest imprint "Today's Best Non-Fiction".

MURDER IN THE FAMILY - the inside story of the Jersey murders - was published by Hodder-Headline in the summer of 1994. A one-hour television documentary, networked nationally by Carlton TV and based upon the book, was screened to coincide with the publication of the book. A German edition, DAS VIERTE GEBOT, was published by Bastei Lubbe towards the end of 1999. C. Puissance 3 Informatique produced a CD Rom "Literature without Text? Whatever Next!" based upon the story.

There then followed A CHATEAU IN THE DORDOGNE published by Smith Gryphon in 1995, and the subject of a major serialization in the Mail on Sunday. Ramsay Editions in 1997 published a French edition, the translation being selected for the French book club Le Grand Livre du Mois. This book chronicles the attempt of Nick Ryman - who founded the famous stationery chain - to pursue his dream of making the best wine in Bergerac whilst at the same time living in a magnificent chateau. The book assesses the price of his dream.

I have also written a book entitled ROSA'S CHILD (I.B. Tauris) which represents a return to the theme of the war years, and an account of one woman's determined quest to find out the fascinating but ultimately tragic truth concerning her heritage. This book received extensive publicity in the UK, was the subject of a major serialization in the Daily Mail, with a hardback German language edition Rosas Tochter published by Piper in March, 1998, the paperback following in October, 1999. The American edition was published by St. Martin's Press in the autumn of 1998 and an Italian edition - La Figlia di Rosa - was published by Gruppo Ugo Mursia Editore, a Milan-based publishing house, in the summer of 1999. 

I also write regular freelance articles on diverse subjects for in-flight magazines (British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Delta etc...) both in the UK and elsewhere.

Additional Information I have been married to Clair Symonds, a professional ballet dancer, since 1984. We have two children, Jonathan, 24 years of age, and Julia who is 19. In the early Spring of 1992 our family decided to move from London to Montpellier in the south of France, where for the last 8 years, I have been working at the University of Science, teaching English, but also lecturing occasionally at the Faculty of Law. I often use my writing and other interests as a basis for teaching.


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