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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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2014-07-22 music

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

As one of North Africa's biggest arts and music festivals celebrates half a century, Eve Jackson discovers the local talent, speaks to the star of this year's event, George...

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2014-07-25 theatre

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday : The Best of the Bard

He wrote 37 plays, 154 sonnets and several narrative poems. Shakespeare’s influence on the English language is unmatched. This year all the world's his stage with an explosion of...

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2014-07-24 art

Bartabas : Mixing Christ with Spanish music and dancing horses

In this look at summer culture activities in France we start with the latest creation from French equestrian theatre genius Bartabas which is on tour around the country.

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2014-07-23 cinema

High-tech acting king Andy Serkis on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

He is the star of some of the biggest films ever made, Planet of the Apes, King Kong and Lord of the Rings but Andy Serkis can walk down the street unnoticed. In Encore’s weekly...

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2014-07-21 music

Clapton pays hommage to 'Cocaine' songwriter J.J. Cale

Eric Clapton called him "his inspiration" : guitarist and songwriter J.J. Cale died a year ago. Now, Clapton’s releasing a tribute album to get Cale’s music better known ; the...

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