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The BBC and Sky News broadcaster Carol Gould discusses her novel, ’Spitfire Girls’ (Random House-Arrow) about women pilots in wartime Britain, and her non-fiction book ‘Don’t Tread on Me -- anti-Americanism Abroad,’ about thirty-three years of her experiences of increasingly volatile anti-Zionism and America-hatred in Britain and Europe.
She wrote ’Spitfire Girls’ at age thirty-four when she was Commissioning Editor for the ITV network during the golden age of British television at Anglia Drama, known as the ‘ Rolls Royce of ITV.’ Spitfire Girls was first published in Scotland by Black Ace and has been re-released by Random House to coincide with the seventieth anniversary in 2010 of the Battle of Britain.
Both books have strong Jewish themes: Spitfire Girls has a strong character in Edith Allam, a Jewish-American aviatrix and Don’t Tread on Me deals with the intense anti-Israel press in Britain and the concurrent rise in anti-Semitism, a wave the British Chief Rabbi calls a ‘tsunami.’
Carol will offer her views on how Britain has changed since she arrived here thirty-four years ago and how the two books reflect her deep feelings of Jewish identity as an expatriate in an increasingly hostile Britain. She will also discuss being commissioner at Anglia Drama, one of three executives known as the ‘Jewish Mafia,’ and how her interest in wartime stories emanates from her mother’s experiences fighting racial prejudice in the US military as one of only a handful of Jewish members of the Women’s Army Corps. Carol’s next novel is ‘A Room at Camp Pickett,’ about segregation in the US Army and her late mother’s relationship with a German POW at Camp Pickett, Virginia. Carol also writes for The Daily Telegraph, Current Viewpoint and Pajamas Media.