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AJ West

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A.J. West’s Sunday Times bestselling debut novel The Spirit Engineer won the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award, gaining international praise for its telling of a long-forgotten true story. 

An award-winning BBC newsreader and reporter, he has written for national newspapers and appears regularly on network television to discuss his writing and the historical context of contemporary events.

A passionate historical researcher, he writes at The London Library and can often be found exploring a host of international archives and literary locations. His second novel The Betrayal of Thomas True will be published in June 2024.

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Other Awards

HWA Debut Crown Award (2022)

Berts Books Book of the Year (2021)

Books by AJ West

  • The Betrayal of Thomas True The Betrayal of Thomas True


  • The Spirit Engineer The Spirit Engineer


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