Thomas Kielinger, M.A., OBE is an author and journalist who for many years has served as UK correspondent for the German national daily DIE WELT, after earlier-on reporting from the US between 1977 – 1985. He became subsequently editor-in-chief of the national weekly “Rheinischer Merkur”. In the 1960s he taught for three years as Lektor at the German Department of the University of South Wales and Monmouthshire in Cardiff.
Kielinger’s books testify to his abiding interest in Anglo-German history: “Die Kreuzung und der Kreisverkehr” (also available in English: “Crossroads and Roundabouts. Junctions in German-British Relations”) 1997; “Großbritannien”, a country portrait as part of a series called “Die Deutschen und ihre Nachbarn” / The Germans and Their Neighbours, 2009; a Life of “Elizabeth II. – Das Leben der Queen”, 2011, as well as a highly-acclaimed biography “Winston Churchill – Der späte Held”, 2014, which also exists in an audio version; a Polish and Danish translation are to appear shortly.
In March 2016, the updated and enlarged edition of the 2009 title, a portrait of Great Britain, came out as “Kleine Geschichte Großbritanniens” (A Short History of Great Britain). His books are published by C. H. Beck, Munich.
For his contributions to Anglo-German relations he was awarded an Honorary OBE in 1995 as well as the German Order of Merit, in 2001. Both Cardiff University and Queen Mary of London awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in 2016. He is a frequent contributor to German and British radio and TV programmes.
Kielinger was born in Danzig, modern-day Gdańsk, in 1940. He is married with four children.