Wildfire buys Binns' 'must-read' Barbarossa history

Wildfire buys Binns' 'must-read' Barbarossa history

Wildfire has signed a "remarkable new perspective" on the battle for the Eastern Front during the Second World War by BAFTA-winning TV producer, scriptwriter and novelist, Stewart Binns.

Publishing director Alex Clarke acquired world rights to Barbarossa directly from Binns. Beginning with Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the book delves into Russian and East European archives — including never-before-seen material—to paint an intimate picture of the war from the Soviet side, shedding light on personal stories of civilian hardship and bravery. 

Clarke said: "Stewart offers a remarkable new perspective on this devastating sequence of the Second World War. The first-hand Russian source material that he draws on gives us a profoundly harrowing, visceral and often humbling insight into the Nazi attack on the Russian motherland, and the true resilience of the Russian people. Barbarossa represents an important moment in how we recast our long-held, often one-sided views on this bleak period of 20th-century history. This is a must-read book for anyone with an interest in the Second World War." 

Binns added: "Although it seems like everything that needs to be written about the Second World War has been written, there is a glaring omission in western writing. In large part because the Western Allies were not directly involved, there is no account in the English language that is entirely devoted to the story of Barbarossa and the terrible war that it initiated from the perspective of the Soviet and East European peoples."

Binns was an academic before becoming a teacher and a soldier. Later in life, he began a successful career in television, during which he won awards including a BAFTA for his documentary series "Britain at War". He has since published several fiction and non-fiction books.

Barbarossa will be published in April 2021.