David James Smith was born in south London and has been a journalist all his working life. His definitive account of the James Bulger case, THE SLEEP OF REASON was published in 1994 by Century, Random House. He wrote for the monthly magazine Esquire before joining the Sunday Times Magazine for whom he has travelled around the world writing cover stories, investigative articles, reportage and profiles. It was an article for the Magazine that led to his second book, ALL ABOUT JILL: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JILL DANDO, which was published by Little Brown in 2002. SUPPER WITH THE CRIPPENS, about the notorious Edwardian crime, was highly acclaimed when it was published by Orion in 2005. ONE MORNING IN SARAJEVO made a gripping non-fiction thriller out of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in June, 1914. It was published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson in June, 2008.
David’s latest book YOUNG MANDELA was published in the UK by Weidenfeld in June 2010. Little Brown will publish the book in the US in December 2010.. He continues to write for the Sunday Times Magazine and has been a finalist several times in the feature writer of the year category at the British Press Awards. He lives on the English south coast. He has four children, Sitira, Kitty, Orealla and Mackenzie.
On the cover of The Sunday Times Magazine…
The Sleep Of Reason – The James Bulger Case by David James Smith:
Faber Finds edition with new preface, available September 15th, 2011.
Young Mandela the movie – in development.
From The Guardian
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In the Diary column of The Independent, April 13th, 2011
More on my previously unsubstantiated claim that the writer-director Peter Kosminsky, creator of The Promise, is working on a drama about Nelson Mandela. I’ve now learnt that the project is a feature film, in development with Film 4, about the young Mandela. Kosminsky is currently at work on the script and, given the complaints about the anti-Jewish bias of The Promise, it is unlikely to be a standard bland portrait of the former South African president.
Nelson Mandela was circumcised as a 16-year-old boy alongside a flowing river in the Eastern Cape. The ceremony was similar to those of other Bantu peoples. An elder moved through the line making ring-like cuts, and foreskins fell away. The boys could not so much as blink; it was a rite of passage that took you beyond pain. read full review
Jon Venables: What Went Wrong
BBC 1, 10.35
Thursday, April 21st, 2011