My latest book is Fascist in the Family, about my father.
The youngest Labour MP in 1925, by 1940 John Beckett was in prison as a danger to the war effort. His son has written a courageously honest, moving and sensitive account of a socialist who ended up despising the workers, a Jew who ended up hating Jews, a democrat who became contemptuous of democracy.
Neil Kinnock, Leader of the Labour Party 1983–92
Francis Beckett’s personal partiality doesn’t blunt his fine journalist’s pen nor cloud his judgement and integrity; but the pain shines through. He writes with compelling candour about his father. It is as moving for the reader as it must have been painful for the author.
Alastair Stewart OBE, ITV News
A fascinating insight into the unsavoury practices of the security services, and a moving portrait of a talented, wayward father who denied his Jewishness at great cost to himself and all around him.
Paul Routledge, political biographer and commentator for the
Daily Mirror and Tribune
Francis Beckett’s readable, well-researched, questioning and honest biography serves as a British equivalent of My Nazi Legacy.
Colin Holmes, Emeritus Professor of History,
University of Sheffield