The Traitors

  • by Josh Ireland
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Playboy. Fascist. Strongman. Thief. Traitors.
September 1939. For years now Britain has been rudderless, divided and grievously unequal. Successive governments have floundered as they struggled to cope with economic misery at home and machinations abroad. Many of the country's citizens are seduced by fascism; others are simply left alienated by leaders who seem unwilling or unable to take the decisive action that is so desperately needed.
When war breaks out, the imperiled nation achieves the unity and purpose that has eluded it for more than a decade. It is a time of heroism and sacrifice in which many thousands of soldiers and civilians give their lives. But some Britons choose a different path, renegades who will fight for the Third Reich until its gruesome collapse in 1945. The Traitors tells the stories of four such men: the chaotic, tragic John Amery; the idealistic but hate-filled William Joyce; the cynical, murderous conman Harold Cole; and Eric Pleasants, an iron-willed pacifist and bodybuilder who wants no part in this war.
Drawing on recently declassified MI6 files, as well as diaries, letters and memoirs, The Traitors is a book about disordered lives in turbulent times; idealism twisted out of shape; of torn consciences and abandoned loyalties; of murder, deceit, temptation and loss. It shows how a man might come to desert his country's cause and the tragic consequences that treachery brings in its wake.


What the Critics Say

"An epic tale of love, dishonour, bravery, cowardice, betrayal and high treason. Beautifully written. A stunning debut." (Damien Lewis)


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Customer Reviews

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These boys were not Traitors

If you could sum up The Traitors in three words, what would they be?

If you look at the history of the Blackshirts at the time they didn't want war. This was a total avoidable war as Britain wasnt threatened. This book slightly biased to say the least.

What did you like best about this story?

Each so called "traitor" there version in the book. I would recommend reading Twighlight over England by William Joyce before this to understand why they chose this path.

Which character – as performed by Gareth Armstrong – was your favourite?

Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce)

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

You need an understanding of that era especially British fascism to have an open mind to hear this book. That aside I really enjoyed this authors personal account of the characters.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-07-2017
  • Publisher: John Murray