Keith Lowe was born in 1970 and studied English Literature at Manchester University. After twelve years as a history publisher, he embarked on a full-time career as a writer and historian, and is now recognised on both sides of the Atlantic as an authority on the Second World War and its aftermath.

He is the author of three major works of history. His first book, Inferno, was a critically-acclaimed study of the bombing of Hamburg in 1943. Using eyewitness testimonies from both sides, it described the horrors of the greatest ever man-made firestorm, which killed around 40,000 people in a single night. His second book, Savage Continent , was a ground-breaking study of the wave of violence and revenge that swept Europe after the war. It became a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, and went on to win both the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and Italy’s national herasco History Prize. His latest book, The Fear and the Freedom, is an intimate history of the long-term consequences of the Second World War, and the shadow that it still casts over our lives today.

Lowe regularly speaks on TV and radio, and he often lectures on postwar history at venues across Europe and North America. He has written for a variety of newspapers and journals, including the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

He lives in London with his wife and two children.












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