About myself

I am a writer, journalist and communications consultant. I used to work for Reuters, as a foreign correspondent and manager. I write books about WWII history, in particular people with difficult histories — in Germany and Eastern Europe.

2013: The Budapest House: a Life Re-Discovered http://www.thebudapesthouse.com/

2012: A Foot In Both Camps: a German Past For Better And For Worse

2005: Slovenia 1945: Memories of Death And Survival After World War II.

Other activities:

Chairman of the Friends of Summertown Library in Oxford http://www.friendsofsummertownlibrary.org/

Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board, The Baron http://www.thebaron.info/

Trustee, Dresden Trust http://www.dresdentrust.net/

Committee Member of Writers in Oxford http://www.writersinoxford.org/

Past President of the Swiss Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and Past Chair of IABC Gold Quill Awards.

Web site: http://www.marcusferrar.org/

6 Responses to “About myself”

  1. John Zimmer Says:

    Marcus, just discovered your blog. Congratulations and best of luck with it. John

  2. Jo Ann Hansen Rasch Says:

    I first visited Yugoslavia for three weeks in 1965 as a youthful adventurer travelling in my own car. Though President Tito was encouraging foreign tourism, I quickly became aware of the subtle power of propaganda because most people reacted negatively to my Swiss number plates before I was able to get out of my car. It was my first direct encounter with the great European division of East and West. Twenty years later, just before Yugoslavia disintegrated into war, my husband and I revisited the country in a small plane. At the Belgrade airport we were warned by officials that if we didn’t stay exactly on the alloted flight path we would be shot down without warning. We were clearly chalked up as decadent westerners and probable enemy spies.

    Marcus, to read your blog about the changes in ex-Yugoslavia, “thanks to the underrated achievement of the EU”, reminds me how quickly we forget our recent past. Thank you for reminding me about the importance of open borders and to be reminded that freedom of movement is related to the freedoms of thinking, speaking and writing. Congratulations on your blog.

  3. M. Anita Bailey Says:

    Hello Marcus.
    I just discovered your blog via the GWG members’ blog page. I’ve recently become a blogger myself.

    I invite you to have a look at mine and to post some of your sorely missed wit there if you would.

    All the best and keep up the excellent writing, M. Anita

  4. lmori Says:

    I am on the steering committee of Summertown St Margaret’s neighbourhood forum.

    Please can we have a chat to see how we can collaborate or support each other to improve Summertown for the community.


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