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David Southwell (born 1971) is a British writer, and the author of several books on conspiracy theories and organized crime. He has also written scripts for Independent British comic books.[citation needed]


Prior to full-time writing, Southwell worked as a journalist and as Director of Communications for the British Retail Consortium (BRC).[citation needed] In his role at the BRC, he regularly clashed with the British government's media relations department and pressure groups, and played a part in forcing Stephen Byers to scrap the Rip-Off Britain campaign.[citation needed] In a front page story in The Sunday Times in 2003, Southwell, then a spokesman for the BRC, mentioned that MI5 was coordinating with the business community with regard to potential terrorism.[1] Southwell later stated in his own books that he had liaised with MI5 on anti-terrorism issues and with the UK Government's emergency planning Cabinet Committee Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA).[citation needed]

He has acknowledged a specialist knowledge and ongoing interest in the Angry Brigade and conspiracies surrounding the events that inspired VALIS.[citation needed] In 2005 he was thanked as an inspiration by Gary Russell in his Doctor Who novel Spiral Scratch.

A regular broadcaster in the UK and North America on the subjects of conspiracies and counter-culture, he jokingly claims on the back of his books that if he "dies a mysterious death it will be because he knows too much and has upset some very powerful people".[citation needed]

Southwell lives on a narrowboat on Regent's Canal in London, and married for the second time in 2010.[2] He wears an eye-patch due to the loss of 80% of the sight in one eye. [3]

In early 2016 Southwell was a winning contestant on the BBC quiz Pointless.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Leppard, David; Rufford, Nicholas (30 November 2003). "MI5 fears Christmas bombings". The Times. London. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  2. ^ David's blog
  3. ^ Tweet from official account

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