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Ben Macintyre talks to Stephanie Merritt


Hay Festival 2023, 

Author and journalist Ben Macintyre tells the astonishing inside story of Colditz, the forbidding Gothic castle on a hilltop in the heart of Nazi Germany where a band of British officers spent the Second World War plotting daring escapes from their German captors. With a remarkable cast of characters, Macintyre uncovers a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of class conflict, homosexuality, espionage, insanity and farce. Macintyre is the author of books including A Spy Among Friends and SAS: Rogue Heroes, is a columnist and associate editor at The Times.