Jason Monaghan


Jason Monaghan was born in Yorkshire. He gained a PhD in Roman pottery and has worked on various excavations and shipwreck projects. His career has taken unexpected twists, including spells as an anti-money laundering specialist, bank director and, ultimately, Director of Guernsey Museums.


For the past decade he has been directing excavations on Longis Common, Alderney. All this has provided plenty of inspiration for five archaeological thrillers and the Guernsey-based novel Glint of Light on Broken Glass.


Jason is the author, contributor or editor of a dozen textbooks including The Story of Guernsey and Occupation to Liberation. He is an active member of the Crime Writers’ Association. Blackshirt Masquerade is the forthcoming first book of his Department Z series set London, 1935, and the Blackshirts of the British Union of Fascists are on the march.


You can follow Jason on his blog.

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Blackshirt Masquerade: was Fascism doomed to fail?

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Sir Oswald Mosley was one of the most charismatic British politicians of the 1930s who, had he bided his time, could have been Prime Minister under either a Conservative or Labour administration. However, his impatience with the old men running the country led to his founding the British Union of Fascists to implement his radical economic ideas. It doomed him to becoming little more than a footnote to inter-war history and a bogeyman for anti-racists.


Jason Monaghan discusses creating the characters and background for his Department Z series and asks the question whether fascism ever stood a chance of succeeding in Britain.