Paul Willetts

Paul Willetts is a writer of non-fiction books, mostly within the true crime genre. He made his literary debut in 2003 with Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia, which was a ‘Book of the Year’ in the Observer, The New Statesman, The Times, and The Evening Standard. King Con, a spellbinding tale of the king of Jazz Age con artists, was a Spectator ‘Book of the Year’ and a ‘Book of the Month’ in the Guardian. His other non-fiction crime books include North Soho 999: A True Story of Gangs and Gun-crime in 1940s Soho, a narrative nonfiction police procedural, and Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms. He is also the author of Members Only, a life of Paul Raymond, which was adapted into The Look of Love, starring Steve Coogan.

Paul has also worked as a movie script doctor and has written for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, The Spectator, History Today, and the TLS.

‘Entertaining non-fiction at its best… The writing is engaging, pulling the narrative from character to character. Willetts manages to form a sense of suspense more rigid tellings lack’

The Bookseller, ‘We Love This Book’

‘Take a deep breath before you open this book, as from the first page it plunges into the fevered atmosphere of 1939 and the eve of London’s Blitz.’

The Herald Scotland, ‘Books of the Week’, Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms

‘I urge you to read North Soho 999… It’s an absolutely gripping true story.’

— Mark Gatiss, The Independent on Sunday

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