Anthony Summers is the author of nine critically acclaimed non-fiction books. In 2012, The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden, was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History. He is the only two-time winner of the Crime Writers’ Association premier award for best non-fiction on crime. His 2014 book, Looking for Madeleine – co-authored with Robbyn Swan – was the first comprehensive book on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the result of two years’ intensive study of available police files, and multiple interviews.
Educated at Oxford University, Anthony began his career in television with Granada’s “World in Action” investigative current affairs program. He moved on to the BBC, traveled worldwide and became a Deputy Editor of the flagship “Panorama” program. Anthony's coverage for the BBC included the Vietnam War and the Middle East conflict, and – extensively – the United States, notably the Martin Luther King assassination and Robert Kennedy’s presidential bid. Anthony’s documentary films included specials on the Palestinians and drug trafficking, and he smuggled cameras into the Soviet Union to obtain an exclusive interview with dissident physicist Andrei Sakharov – then under house arrest – at the time he won the Nobel Prize.
Anthony's books have been used as the basis for acclaimed television documentaries on both sides of the Atlantic. These included films on Richard Nixon, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Frank Sinatra, and “Say Goodbye to the President”, on Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedys. Summers’ book Honeytrap, on the UK’s Profumo sex/espionage affair, was filmed for the cinema as Scandal, starring John Hurt. Anthony Summers contributes articles to Vanity Fair, as does his wife and co-author the American journalist Robbyn Swan, who has worked with him for more than twenty years.
A graduate of Smith College, Robbyn did post-graduate work in Russian and East European Studies. Early in her career worked as researcher for author John Le Carré. She has contributed to the The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Independent [London], Defense News, Life, The National Journal, The Irish Times, and The European. Her feature stories have also appeared in Marie Claire and Woman’s Day. Robbyn has been a consultant on documentaries for PBS, A&E, The History Channel, CNN, and the BBC. With her co-author, Robbyn was a Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History and a winner of the CWA Golden Dagger.
Robbyn and Anthony have collaborated on four books – Looking for Madeleine, The Eleventh Day, Sinatra: The Life and The Arrogance of Power. The couple have three children and live in a converted ferryman’s house on the bank of the River Blackwater in Ireland.