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About Saul

Saul David is an historian, broadcaster and the author of several critically-acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction.

His history books include Military Blunders, The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year), All The King's Men: The British Redcoat in the Era of Sword and Musket and 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War was Fought and Won, 1914-1918. He has also written two bestselling novels, Zulu Hart and Hart of Empire, and edited the war diaries and letters of a Great War subaltern, Mud & Bodies. His forthcoming work of non-fiction, Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport will be published in the UK on 2 July 2015 and in the US on 1 December 2015

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 20.04.2015

    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Saul will be giving an evening lecture on the Duke of Wellington’s contribution to the Allied victory in 1815. The venue is the magnificent knave of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 6 May 2015. Click here for details and to book tickets.

  • 13.04.2015

    The UK jacket for Saul’s new book Operation Thunderbolt – published by Hodder on 2 July 2015 – has just been released.9781444762518 high res

  • 24.03.2015

    Saul’s next TV appearance is in the 3-part BBC2 docudrama Armada: 12 Days to Save England. The first episode is at 9pm on Thursday 23 April 2015, with the remaining two on consecutive weeks at the same time.

  • 24.03.2015

    Saul’s article on the WW1 options in the AQA’s new A-Level syllabus has gone live. Click here to read

  • 23.02.2015

    The article Saul wrote for the AQA exam board on the new History A Level syllabus and the current relevance of WW2 has just gone live Click here

  • 29.01.2015

    Saul’s next talk is on the subject of his latest book, 100 Days to Victory, to the Road Scholars in London at 3.30pm on Monday 30 March.

  • 29.01.2015

    The US cover for Saul’s new book Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe – published by Little, Brown on 1 December 2015 – has just been released.Operation Thunderbolt_r2

  • 29.01.2015

    Saul’s video for the AQA examining board – to promote the new History A-Level – has just gone live. Click here.

  • 19.12.2014

    The French film company StudioCanal is in negotiations to buy the rights to Saul’s forthcoming non-fiction book, ‘Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe’.

  • 19.08.2014

    Saul’s next talk will be at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival at 8.30pm on Monday 15 September. He will be interviewed by Paul Lay, editor of History Today, about his new book 100 Days to Victory. Click here to book


An experienced TV and radio broadcaster.

BBC, BBC Radio 4, Channel 4Saul has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels and is a regular on Radio 4. Visit the Broadcasting page for a full list of credits. In 2014 he presented The Equine Army for BBC1 (repeated on BBC4) and in 2015 will appear in programmes on the Spanish Armada, the Duke of Wellington and Waterloo.