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For a synopsis of any of Geoffrey's books, please click on the appropriate cover.

David Suchet


Dark Angel

An EvilLove

Geoffrey Wansell

Garrick History

Cary Grant biography

Goldsmith biography

Bus Stop Killer

GeoffreyWansell outside bookshopGeoffrey Wansell is a London based author and free-lance journalist, who now works principally for the Daily Mail.

He’s published twelve books, including biographies of the movie star Cary Grant, the business tycoon Sir James Goldsmith, and the playwright Sir Terence Rattigan, a book which was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize as book of the year.

Geoffrey Wansell is an experienced true crime author whose past books include The Bus Stop Killer, about the shocking murder of Milly Dowler, and An Evil Love, telling the story of Frederick West through exclusive access to tape recordings.

A member for more than 25 years, he is also the official historian of the Garrick Club in London, one of only four appointed during the Club’s 185 years of existence.


Murder By The Sea

Currently, Geoffrey is filming a six part TV series for CBS Reality Original called "Murder by the Sea". Geoffrey Wansell on the Pier at Blackpool
CBS Reality commisioned Monster Films - the same team behind last year's ratings hit "Voice of a Serial Killer", which was also presented by Geoffrey - to produce this new series.
The 6 x 60 minute series, will examine some of the strangest and most terrifying murders ever recorded in British criminal history taken place at the UK’s famous seaside resorts; locations which, despite their associations with carefree holiday making, have also played host to the most remarkable crimes of murder.
Cases and featured locations include: Stephen Akinmurele of Blackpool, who remains Britain’s most prolific young serial killer; Paul Longworth, the former Commodore of Southport Sailing Club who murdered his wife claiming she had committed suicide; and Terry Clifton, who was jailed for life for Morecambe’s so-called ‘Garage Murders’.

Click here for a preview of "Murder By The Sea".

This new and exclusive CBS Reality Original series is set to premiere on
Monday 21st May at 10pm on CBS Reality - Sky 146, Virgin 148 and Freeview 135.

The second series of six one hour episodes of "Murder by the Sea" started on 8 January 2019 on CBS Reality, which is Channel 148 on Freeview. It is running at the moment, playing at 10 pm on Tuesday evenings, with repeats on Sunday evenings at 11pm, as well as other repeats in the early hours. It is also available on Catch Up TV for CBS Reality.

Geoffrey has just finished filming the third series of six one hour shows, which are provisionally scheduled to play each night during the Easter break (though that has yet to be confirmed). Once again they feature murders that have taken place in British seaside towns. The shows are among the most popular on the channel.



Geoffrey Wansell Penguin / Michael Joseph Paperback
5th April 2018


A rare, chilling and utterly fascinating look inside the minds of some of the world’s most notorious criminals and serial killers, based on years of original research

Pure Evil takes a close look at the country's deadliest criminals, from those who horrified the nation to those less famous but equally brutal, such as Jeremy Bamber, Joanna Dennehy and Ian Huntley.

In this shocking, chilling and powerful book Geoffrey Wansell exposes killers' motivations and remorse, but also seeks out an answer to the vital question: should life always mean life?

Having observed lifers over more than twenty years, often up close and very personal, Geoffrey Wansell's Pure Evil reveals more of the criminal mind than has ever before been seen. Covering almost 60 cases, with details of the crimes, resulting trials, what the killers said themselves and what the victims’ families felt – Pure Evil is sure to fascinate.

Geoffrey Wansell has observed lifers, often up close and very personal for over twenty years. In this chilling yet fascinating book, he looks for answers, and in the process reveals shocking insights into the foulest crimes known to mankind.

Geoffrey is an acclaimed true crime writer whose bestselling books include The Bus Stop Killer and An Evil Love.

For more information please contact Jenny Platt via email: Jplatt@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk 0207 139 3123

When The Whales CameA lifelong fan of the movies, he was also executive producer of the Golden Swan production "When the Whales Came" for Twentieth Century Fox, a film based on the best-selling children’s story by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo.
Shot entirely on location on the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall in England, it starred Dame Helen Mirren, Paul Scofield and David Suchet.

In 1844 a school of Narwhal Whales were slaughtered by the islanders of Samson. Soon after, the island was destroyed by a terrible curse - the Curse of the Narwhal. Seventy years later on the small island of Bryher, two young children are playing on the beach when they befriend an old and mysterious man, known locally as 'The Birdman', he is the sole survivour from Samson and only he knows the truth behind the curse. The friendship develops until one day it is put to the ultimate test as a single Narwhal is beached on the island, and as the villagers gather to kill it, the unlikely threesome begin a dangerous mission, not only to save the whale ....but to save the island itself.

Directed by Clive Rees, 'When the Whales Came' was eventually produced in 1988, and in 1989 was given a Royal Premiere in London, before the Prince and Princess of Wales. It went on to be shown in cinemas in more than 30 countries and on video and DVD in even more. The revered British cinema critic Dilys Powell called it: ‘quite wonderful’.
Please click on the following link to the
'When the Whales Came' IMdb page for more information on the movie.

Geoffrey Wansell's biography of Terence Rattigan has now been republished to great acclaim by Oberon Books.
'Terence Rattigan - A Biography' has also been published as an ebook and is on sale at the Kindle Book Store

Terence Rattigan
Geoffrey Wansell is a vice-president of the Terence Rattigan Society.

In April 2013, Martin Jarvis directed 'The Browning Version' for the BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama series, with Michael York as Andrew Crocker-Harris.

Martin Jarvis then read extracts, including some behind the scenes background to the play, adapted from
'Terence Rattigan - A Biography'

This adaptation was entitled 'The Rattigan Version' and it can be heard in full by clicking on the following link:
'The Rattigan Version'


Poirot and MeGeoffrey Wansell's previous book was written in conjunction with the actor David Suchet and is called 'Poirot and Me'. It was published by Headline in the autumn of 2013. Please click on the cover to the left in order to read the Press Release and some extracts from the book.

Here are two YouTube links, one a book signing at Goldsboro Books, the second one is the Q and A David Suchet gave with Geoffrey on Playing Poirot after the preview of Dead Man's Folly at the British Film Institute.

'Poirot and Me' was published on November the 7th 2013 and can be purchased at £20 by following this link to the Headline site: Headline Publishing.

It can be also be purchased from all good bookshops and online - including a Kindle edition - from Amazon by clicking on the following link:
'Poirot and Me' by David Suchet.

Geoffrey Wansell has been a full-time writer for nearly 50 years.



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