Fall - The Mystery Of Robert Maxwell By John Preston

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01Humble Beginnings2021020820210209 (R4)Robert Maxwell remains an enigma. A hugely successful tycoon who came from humble beginnings as an Orthodox Jew in Czechoslovakia, and whose father sold animal skins for a living, Maxwell became a British war-hero, decorated for his heroism, then a Labour MP, all the while amassing a huge fortune as the owner of publishing and newspaper businesses.

But when he fell from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in the middle of the night in 1991, another story was revealed - of debts and unscrupulous dealings. No-one had ever fallen so far and so quickly.

John Preston's gripping biography sets out to give the definitive account of Robert Maxwell's rise and fall and to explain why underneath this apparent model of society lay an amoral and bloated wreck.

The Reader is Henry Goodman
The Abridger is Richard Hamilton
The Producer is Elizabeth Allard

Henry Goodman reads John Preston's jaw-dropping biography

Henry Goodman reads John Preston's jaw-dropping biography of the notorious business tycoon

02Early Business Dealings2021020920210210 (R4)Henry Goodman reads the next instalment of John Preston’s eye-watering biography about the notorious tycoon. Today, Robert Maxwell’s shape-shifting youth is marked by heroism, love and a murky start in business.

The life story of the larger-than- life newspaper owner Robert Maxwell, takes us from his birth to his mysterious death at sea. Maxwell remains an enigma, he was a hugely successful businessman who came from humble beginnings as an Orthodox Jew in Czechoslovakia, and whose father sold animal skins for a living, Maxwell became a British war-hero, decorated for his heroism, then a Labour MP, all the while amassing a huge fortune as the owner of publishing and newspaper businesses.

But when he fell from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in the middle of the night in 1991, another story was revealed - of debts and unscrupulous dealings. No-one had ever fallen so far and so quickly.

John Preston's gripping biography sets out to give the definitive account of Robert Maxwell's rise and fall and to explain why underneath this apparent model of society lay an amoral and bloated wreck.

The Reader is Henry Goodman
The Abridger is Richard Hamilton
The Producer is Elizabeth Allard

John Preston's eye-watering biography turns to Maxwell's shape-shifting youth.

Henry Goodman reads John Preston's jaw-dropping biography of the notorious business tycoon

03Fleet Street2021021020210211 (R4)Henry Goodman reads from John Preston’s breath-taking biography. Today, it’s the 1960s and Maxwell has made and lost several fortunes, and he continues to dream of becoming part of the British establishment. His yearning for a Fleet Street newspaper has been thwarted time and again but remains unabated. At home, a devastating family tragedy unfolds.

The life story of the larger-than- life newspaper owner Robert Maxwell, takes us from his birth to his mysterious death at sea. Maxwell remains an enigma, he was a hugely successful businessman who came from humble beginnings as an Orthodox Jew in Czechoslovakia, and whose father sold animal skins for a living, Maxwell became a British war-hero, decorated for his heroism, then a Labour MP, all the while amassing a huge fortune as the owner of publishing and newspaper businesses.

But when he fell from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in the middle of the night in 1991, another story was revealed - of debts and unscrupulous dealings. No-one had ever fallen so far and so quickly.

John Preston's gripping biography sets out to give the definitive account of Robert Maxwell's rise and fall and to explain why underneath this apparent model of society lay an amoral and bloated wreck.

The Reader is Henry Goodman
The Abridger is Richard Hamilton
The Producer is Elizabeth Allard

John Preston's biography explores Maxwell's yearning for a Fleet Street newspaper.

Henry Goodman reads John Preston's jaw-dropping biography of the notorious business tycoon

04Opulence And Debt2021021120210212 (R4)Henry Goodman reads from John Preston’s compelling biography. Today, Maxwell’s success is uncontested, it’s the 1980s and the age of flash. But opulent parties and champagne business launches mask the cracks appearing in his empire’s finances.

The life story of the larger-than- life newspaper owner Robert Maxwell, takes us from his birth to his mysterious death at sea. Maxwell remains an enigma, he was a hugely successful businessman who came from humble beginnings as an Orthodox Jew in Czechoslovakia, and whose father sold animal skins for a living, Maxwell became a British war-hero, decorated for his heroism, then a Labour MP, all the while amassing a huge fortune as the owner of publishing and newspaper businesses.

But when he fell from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in the middle of the night in 1991, another story was revealed - of debts and unscrupulous dealings. No-one had ever fallen so far and so quickly.

John Preston's gripping biography sets out to give the definitive account of Robert Maxwell's rise and fall and to explain why underneath this apparent model of society lay an amoral and bloated wreck.

The Reader is Henry Goodman
The Abridger is Richard Hamilton
The Producer is Elizabeth Allard

In John Preston's biography Maxwell's success is uncontested but cracks will soon appear

Henry Goodman reads John Preston's jaw-dropping biography of the notorious business tycoon

04Opulence And Debt20210211Henry Goodman reads from John Preston's compelling biography. Today, Maxwell's success is uncontested, it's the 1980s and the age of flash. But opulent parties and champagne business launches mask the cracks appearing in his empire's finances.

The life story of the larger-than- life newspaper owner Robert Maxwell, takes us from his birth to his mysterious death at sea. Maxwell remains an enigma, he was a hugely successful businessman who came from humble beginnings as an Orthodox Jew in Czechoslovakia, and whose father sold animal skins for a living, Maxwell became a British war-hero, decorated for his heroism, then a Labour MP, all the while amassing a huge fortune as the owner of publishing and newspaper businesses.

But when he fell from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in the middle of the night in 1991, another story was revealed - of debts and unscrupulous dealings. No-one had ever fallen so far and so quickly.

John Preston's gripping biography sets out to give the definitive account of Robert Maxwell's rise and fall and to explain why underneath this apparent model of society lay an amoral and bloated wreck.

The Reader is Henry Goodman
The Abridger is Richard Hamilton
The Producer is Elizabeth Allard

In John Preston's biography Maxwell's success is uncontested but cracks will soon appear

Henry Goodman reads John Preston's jaw-dropping biography of the notorious business tycoon

05 LASTMaxwell's Disappearance2021021220210213 (R4)Henry Goodman reads from John Preston’s biography. Today, Maxwell is at sea. His reputation and business empire are in peril.

The life story of the larger-than- life newspaper owner Robert Maxwell, takes us from his birth to his mysterious death at sea. Maxwell remains an enigma, he was a hugely successful businessman who came from humble beginnings as an Orthodox Jew in Czechoslovakia, and whose father sold animal skins for a living, Maxwell became a British war-hero, decorated for his heroism, then a Labour MP, all the while amassing a huge fortune as the owner of publishing and newspaper businesses.

But when he fell from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in the middle of the night in 1991, another story was revealed - of debts and unscrupulous dealings. No-one had ever fallen so far and so quickly.

John Preston's gripping biography sets out to give the definitive account of Robert Maxwell's rise and fall and to explain why underneath this apparent model of society lay an amoral and bloated wreck.

The Reader is Henry Goodman
The Abridger is Richard Hamilton
The Producer is Elizabeth Allard

John Preston's biography investigates Maxwell's disappearance at sea in 1991.

Henry Goodman reads John Preston's jaw-dropping biography of the notorious business tycoon