James Owen is a British author and historian. His first book, "A Serpent in Eden", told the story of the unsolved murder in 1943 of the millionaire Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas. "Nuremberg", which was published in 2006, was a fresh look at the prosecution of the leading Nazis after the Second World War, combining eyewitness accounts with extracts from the transcript of the trial itself.
In "Danger UXB", Owen dug deep into the archives to bring to light the heroic early days of bomb disposal during the Blitz of 1940-41, while ''Commando'', published in 2012, was a new history of the wartime British raiding force, focusing on 20 of their most important operations. These include the surprise attack on Rommel's desert HQ, the assault on the batteries at Dieppe and the D-Day landings.
With Guy Walters, Owen has also edited "The Voice of War", an anthology of first-hand experiences of the 1939-45 conflict, as recorded in diaries, letters and memoirs of the time. He is the editor, too, of the forthcoming "Great Letters", a selection of notable, witty and quirky correspondence to The Times newspaper during the past century - from the First World War to Brexit.