SEAN O'CONNOR is a writer, director and producer working in theatre, radio, television and film. He has worked as showrunner on several major TV series, including EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Footballers' Wives and Minder. In 2011, he produced Terence Davies' film version of Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. From 2012 to 2016, he was editor of The Archers for BBC Radio 4 and also produced Lynda Snell's productions of Calendar Girls and Blithe Spirit. For the theatre he has adapted Boileau and Narcejac's Vertigo and Winston Graham's Marnie. His adaptation from Shakespeare, Juliet and Her Romeo, re-opened Bristol Old Vic in 2010, directed by Tom Morris, and was published by Oberon. In 2013, he published Handsome Brute, a study of the 1940s murderer Neville Heath.
`A case study in human frailty, jealousy and desire ...
fascinating.' * The Times, Best Books of 2019 *
`One of the most infamous and intriguing cases of the 20th century is brought to vivid life in this immaculately researched and totally gripping account. Sean O'Connor unfolds the tangled events at the Villa Madeira with a craftsman's skill, laying bare its hothouse atmosphere of regret, passion and suburban despair.' -- Mark Gatiss
'Meticulously researched...superbly evocative and gripping...a narrative that builds with the intensity of an approaching thunderstorm.' * The Spectator *
`Sean O'Connor can't resist striking a theatrical note in this "biography of murder".' * Sunday Times *