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Getting to know the real James Ellroy

He’s the self-proclaimed demon dog of crime fiction and his own back story is as riveting as anything he's penned. The unsolved murder of his own mother has been the driving force behind his work, turning him into an uncompromising, unapologetic chronicler of humanity's dark side. After spending his twenties drunk, drugged and delinquent, he went on to become a best-selling author, with books like LA Confidential and The Black Dahlia also being turned into blockbuster films.

James Ellroy joins Jade Barker on set to talk about why he likes to blend history with fiction, how his style is subordinate to his books and how he’s not looking for closure over his mother’s death. He also gives us a taster of what’s going to be in his next novel, the first instalment of a second LA Quartet series. The hint is in the title "Perfidia", which is both a classic 1930s song and the Spanish word for treachery.

Beneath the public persona of the demon dog, he also tells Jade who the real James Ellroy is. 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JAMES ELLROY AT FRANCE 24

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2014-09-29 culture

Encore's Music Show: Prince goes funk, rock and sci-fi

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2014-09-25 Paris Fashion Week

An American in Paris: Corrie Nielsen debuts at fashion week

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2014-09-26 contemporary art

Brigitte Bardot turns 80

A sex icon and a rebel. A pin-up girl and a rule-breaker. In today's show we look back at French actress Brigitte Bardot's rise to stardom as she turns 80. Also on the programme,...

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2014-09-24 cinema

Weekly Film Show: YSL and James Brown Biopics

Lisa Nesselson and Eve Jackson discuss the week's big cinema releases, including Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent", the James Brown biopic "Get On Up" and Russian drama...

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2014-09-23 photography

30 years of Americana through Jean-Pierre Laffont's lens

From the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war and gay pride to the electric chair at Sing Sing and target practice for five-year-olds, our guest has been front and centre to...

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