Researcher, writer, author, humanitarian aid worker, theatre director and passionate traveller. I have lived and worked in several countries, including the UK, the US, the Philippines, Japan, Bosnia, Croatia, Azerbaijan and, most recently, Costa Rica.
The idea for this book originated in 1984 when I was commissioned to research a TV film about the Profumo Affair. In a very short time, I realized that rather than Profumo, Stephen Ward was the central figure in the story. After months of talking to people, who had hitherto remained silent on the subject of Ward, I was given access to tapes recorded by Stephen Ward while on remand in prison. Suddenly the sound of his voice, outlining very succinctly what had happened to him, was both eerie and educational. The book, originally entitled, "An Affair of State" was published in 1987, twenty five yeas after Stephen Ward's death, and became an instant best-seller. Finally Ward's story was being told. The evidence that my co-author and I provided in that book and this updated version "How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward" has inspired Andrew LLoyd-Weber to turn Ward's story into a musical. And the evidence we provided to show how Ward was framed is also being used by QC Geoffrey Robertson to have Ward's conviction referred to the Court of Criminal Appeal and, subsequently, overturned. And Andrew Lloyd-Weber was so inspired by the story that he turned it into a musical, "Stephen Ward".
"How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward" is an updated version of the original book with new information we have received since the original publication.