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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

By Jade BARKER

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2017-01-18 culture

Film show: My French Film Festival, 'Stalin's Couch' and 'Birth of a Nation'

The best of new French cinema, live in your living room: film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us about My French Film Festival. The online initiative offers a selection of new...

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2017-01-17 culture

Art on the wire and online: Jean-Hubert Martin on curating in cyberspace

Taking art from gallery walls to the endless expanse of the internet: online platform Collectionair offers virtual exhibitions, with the help of curators like Jean-Hubert Martin.

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2017-01-13 culture

Posy Simmonds: 'French women have good handbags, English women have udders'

She's known for sending up the country set, London literary types and everyone in between: no British stereotype escapes the satirical pen of Posy Simmonds.

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2017-01-16 culture

Music producer Uppermost: From the courthouse to the club

Law student turned electronic music sensation Uppermost has remixed Daft Punk, Rihanna and Adele. The French-Iranian producer takes us back to where it all started on his new...

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2017-01-10 culture

Lauren Groff: Fates, Furies and finding inspiration in France

Barack Obama named "Fates and Furies" his book of the year in 2015, much to the delight of its author Lauren Groff. The novel follows a couple, Mathilde and Lotto, from love at...

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