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Andrew Rose (from a from a long line of Scots doctors and lawyers) was educated in Dorset and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He practised as a criminal law barrister in London and sat as an Immigration Judge between 1999 and 2007.
Andrew is particularly interested in British social, legal and political history 1900-1950. His first two titles, Stinie: Murder on the Common (Bodley Head 1985; Penguin 1989) and Scandal at the Savoy (Bloomsbury 1991; Fusosha Japan 1993) have strong biographical elements. Each book explores a notorious Old Bailey murder trial, challenging the original verdict and offering a detailed factual re-assessment, largely based on previously closed official material. Stinie (which was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger Non-Fiction Award of the Crime Writers' Association) reveals a wrongful conviction based on perjured testimony in the 1911 Clapham Common murder case. Scandal at the Savoy - about 'Madame Fahmy' and the 1923 Savoy Hotel shooting - shows how unscrupulous defence tactics can sometimes allow the guilty to walk free from court. Both books explore issues of race, sexuality, and culture set against the social and political backdrop of their time.
Lethal Witness (Sutton Publishing 2007; Kent State University Press USA 2009) is a biography of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the pioneer pathologist variously dubbed "the Father of Forensics" and "the living embodiment of mythical Sherlock Holmes". As before, Andrew has gained access to previously closed Home Office, Metropolitan Police and other files. He charts his subject's rise and fall as a media star, from the 1910 Crippen trial until his bizarre suicide in 1947, revealing how "the Honorary Pathologist to the Home Office" put spin on the facts, embellished evidence and played games with the truth. Spilsbury's (often flawed) 'positive evidence' for the prosecution led to the conviction and execution of men innocent of murder.
Andrew's latest book The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder will be published on 4 April by Coronet in the UK and, later in the month, as The Woman Before Wallis: Prince Edward, the Paris Courtesan, and the Perfect Murder in the USA. A true story, never told before, about Edward VIII's first great love, a secret from WW1, about its extraordinary consequences, involving blackmail and murder, and a superbly choreographed cover-up by members of the British Establishment.
Andrew has been a contributor to several TV and radio programmes, including C4's The Last Secret of Dr Crippen (2004) and Was Crippen Innocent? (2008) on C5, as well as making appearances on ITV1's recent series Forensic Casebook. He has also given lectures and talks about his books.
Andrew is a member of the Society of Authors and the prestigious Biographers' Club.