Following the popular Radio 4 series, the much-anticipated book The Ratline is published in April. Philippe Sands‘ new book follows the Nazi fugitive Otto Freiherr von Wachter who hid in the Austrian Alps for three years and was then taken in by a Vatican bishop in Rome for three months. While preparing his escape along the ‘ratline’ to Argentina, Wachter died unexpectedly and in mysterious circumstances. As well as Wachter’s story, through the lens of his death Philippe gives us a fascinating insight into American and Soviet spies in Rome at the very start of the Cold War. Philippe Sands is the author of East West Street, which was garlanded with awards including the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction.
It is our great pleasure to welcome novelist Ali Smith to chat to Philippe about the book. Spring, the third part of her bestselling seasonal quartet, will be out in March.