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Death of Alexander Burnes

by craig on May 4th 2011 in alexander burnes

Bombay Times, April 23 1842 Deposition of Bowh Singh, lately a Chuprasse in Sir Alexander’s service “Sir Alexander Burnes was duly informed by his Afghan servants, the day previous to his murder, that there was a stir in the city, and that, if he remained in it, his life would be in danger; they told […]

Jealous Superiors

by craig on Apr 30th 2011 in alexander burnes

Alexander Burnes is going to dominate my thoughts and my time for a few months. I am going to continue to post my transcripts as I make them so they are more readily available to other researchers. There is a syndrome at play in this letter that I very much recognise from my own days […]

Murder in Samarkand Nominated

by craig on Mar 31st 2011 in The Book

If you scroll down, down, down on this link, far, far past Chris Evans and Nick Ferrari, you will see that serious radio still does exist, and that Murder in Samarkand, by David Hare, adapted from my memoir, has just been nominated for best radio drama at the Sony Radio Awards. I do hope it […]

David Tennant At Your Whim

by craig on Mar 18th 2011 in The Book

You can now have David Tennant at the click of a button. His portrayal of a slightly less pretty version of me in David Hare’s adaptation of Murder in Samarkand is now permanently available on this blog at top right of screen. Or here.

Diplomacia Suja

by craig on Jul 24th 2010 in The Book

My last post did not signal a return to blogging but rather explained why I need a few days’ break. But I have to share with you my joy at the release of the Brazilian edition of Murder in Samarkand, translated from the US edition and entitled Diplomacia Suja. This is the first foreign language […]

Light in the Darkness

by craig on Apr 22nd 2010 in The Book

I hope that I have been able to tell people quite a lot of truth about the deeply unpleasant workings of government. It cheers me up a lot when I stumble across something like this, part of a reader’s review of Andrew Rawnsley’s hagiography of the Blairites, Servants of the People: This book is fairly […]

In Conversation in Glasgow Tuesday 20 April

by craig on Apr 18th 2010 in The Book

I am appearing on Tuesday in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s “In Conversation” series. http://www.glasgowconcerthalls.com/whatson/event/97590-Conversation-Pieces-Spring-2010-Craig-Murray Do come along if you live in the area, as I shall look silly if nobody turns up. Having said that, it is a curious fact that when people have to pay to hear me, the audiences have always been bigger […]

Refreshed

by craig on Feb 24th 2010 in The Book

Sorry didn’t blog yeaterday as you’ll understand it had been a particularly exhausting time, I haven’t referenced this brilliant review in the Guardian: But in Hare’s taut lines, and especially David Tennant’s

The Independent – Review of Murder in Samarkand

by craig on Feb 21st 2010 in The Book

The only review I have seen of Murder in Samarkand on Radio 4 is from Chris Maume in The Independent. While he says some great things about the play: The terrific Murder in Samarkand David Hare’s superbly brisk, no-nonsense script [David Tennant] put in a fantastic performance I really don’t agree with his balancing criticisms […]

Murder in Samarkand

by craig on Feb 20th 2010 in The Book

If you missed the broadcast of David Tennant in David Hare’s adaptation of Murder in Samarkand, or if you just want to hear it again, it is available for the next seven days here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qs5x7 You can buy the book, and my second book, via the links in the top left hand corner. I should […]

David Hare and David Tennant “Murder in Samarkand” Broadcasts Today

by craig on Feb 20th 2010 in The Book

This is the big day, and I confess to being much too excited about it for a person of my advanced years. Murder in Samarkand broadcasts today on BBC Radio 4 at 2.30pm. It has been adapted as a radio drama by David Hare, and I am played by David Tennant. Do spread the word, […]

The Other Book

by craig on Feb 19th 2010 in The Book

This reader’s review of The Catholic Orangemen of Togo appeared on Amazon yesterday. I like it very much because it seems to understand what I was trying to do. I really enjoy reading the readers’ reviews on both Amazon and on Facebook virtual bookshelf. When you write a book you crave feedback from those who […]

David Hare: “They Knew Bloody Well They Were Getting Information From Torture”

by craig on Feb 16th 2010 in The Book

Great interview with David Hare on Front Row yesterday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qsq5 An MP3 grab here might be more permanent: http://www.kasiminfo.co.uk/DT/2010/Audio/DH.mp3 Mark Lawson The playwright David Hare written scripts of stage including Plenty and most recently The Power of Yes, television such as Licking Hitler and movies The Hours and The Reader. But he has so far […]

DAVID HARE: “So they knew bloody well that they were getting information from torture”

by craig on Feb 15th 2010 in The Book

Great interview with David Hare on Front Row today. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qsq5 An MP3 grab here might be more permanent: http://www.kasiminfo.co.uk/DT/2010/Audio/DH.mp3 Mark Lawson The playwright David Hare written scripts of stage including Plenty and most recently The Power of Yes, television such as Licking Hitler and movies The Hours and The Reader. But he has so far […]

The Amazing Disappearing Craig Murray – and David Tennant

by craig on Feb 14th 2010 in The Book

Murder in Samarkand without Craig Murray would be like Hamlet without the Prince. In both cases the absence of David Tennant would be a definite shame. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qs5x7 UPDATE: The BBC have now added David Tennany to the cast list.

Murder in Samarkand

by craig on Feb 14th 2010 in The Book

By combining my story with the recent evidence from the Chilcot Inquiry, people may fully appreciate what an unprincipled and internationally violent Government we have. Once we understand that, we can look to mend it. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1250751/CRAIG-MURRAY-My-storys-torture-car-chases-sex-evil-tyrant–No-wonder-called-Doctor-Who.html If I can sneak that hard political point into the Showbiz pages of the Mail on Sunday, I must […]

I Bet They Did

by craig on Feb 5th 2010 in The Book

The Daily Telegraph let slip a most revealing fact: “the BBC insisted that the play not be uncritical”, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/7134792/David-Tennant-to-play-former-ambassador-Craig-Murray-in-new-BBC-Radio-4-play.html The BBC was not insisting that the play be not uncriticial of a New Labour government which agreed to use intelligence from terrible torture in Uzbekistan, and cooperated with torture worldwide in the extraordinary rendition programme. […]

David Tennant Plays Craig Murray

by craig on Jan 24th 2010 in The Book

I am a great fan of BBC Radio 4 in general, so I am really pleased that this is quite a coup for them. World Premiere of Murder in Samarkand by Sir David Hare Based on the memoir by Craig Murray. Saturday 20 February 2010 at 2.30pm BBC Radio 4 “The Saturday Play”. Starring David […]

The Sad Death of craigmurray.co.uk

by craig on Dec 11th 2009 in The Book

craigmurray.co.uk is no more. When Alisher Usmanov set Schillings on to me for daring to publish the truth about his past as a convicted racketeer and blackmailer, he caused my webhosts to pull the plug. Happily, after a very few days the blog returned hosted outside the UK, with a new domain name – craigmurray.org.uk […]

Disappearing Blog

by craig on May 23rd 2009 in The Book

This blog keeps going offline. I have no idea why – perhaps maintenance work on the server?

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