John The Painter

By Jessica Warner.

Abridged by Laurence Wareing.

A biography of Britain's first terrorist.

Read by Wendy Seager.

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01A Fire Is Lit20050516

By Jessica Warner.

Abridged by Laurence Wareing.

A biography of Britain's first terrorist.

Read by Wendy Seager.James Aitken was born into a poor family in the late 18th century.

Although he became well educated, his disaffection with his mundane job as a house painter led him to seek other avenues to create a name for himself: violence and terror.

02Rebel With A Cause20050517

After his unsuccessful American sojourn, Aitken returns to England with little to show for his time in the colony.

While drinking in an Oxford pub he hears a conversation that will change the course of his life: his fellow drinkers discuss how dependent the Navy is on the royal dockyards - in other words, destroy the dockyards and the American War of Independence would be as good as lost.

In the space of an afternoon, James Aitken finds an outlet for his cunning, and a cause to which he can dedicate his life.