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'Better than Simon Schama, Saul David has recast history as addictive narrative...'



'Saul David has already shown himself to be a first rate historian, now he proves to be a masterly story-teller...'

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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.

The Althorp Literary Festival, Althorp House, Northamptonshire, Britain - 13 Jun 2010His 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) and All The King's Men: The British Redcoat in the Era of Sword and Musket. 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. The paperback of his latest work of history - 100 Days to Victory:How the Great War was Fought and Won, 1914-1918 - was published in May 2014.

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 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

  • 19.08.2014

    Saul’s latest film on horses during the First World War, ‘The Equine Army’, will be repeated on BBC4 on Monday 29 September at 8 a.m.

  • 29.05.2014

    Next Monday 2 June 2014, at 7.30pm, Saul will present The Equine Army for BBC1 in the West (to be repeated on BBC4) as part of the World War One at Home strand. For more details click here

  • 29.05.2014

    A week tomorrow, Friday 6 June 2014, Saul will give a talk on 100 Days to Victory at the Corsham Arts Festival. Click here for further details

  • 29.05.2014

    Saul’s next talk on 100 Days to Victory will be at the Salisbury International Arts Festival on Friday 30 May at 2.30 p.m. Click here for further details

  • 16.05.2014

    At 10am this Sunday, 18 May 2014, Saul will appear on the panel of  BBC1’s The Big Questions, alongside Jeremy Paxman, Sir Hew Strachan. David Stevenson and others. Presented by Nicky Campbell, it asks the question: ‘Did the First World War change Britain for the better?’  Click here for details

  • 16.05.2014

    Lovely review of 100 Days to Victory in yesterday’s Evening Standard. William Leith wrote: ‘If you’re an ordinary person and you want to read one modern book on the First World War, this might well be it. Saul David has divided the war into 100 crucial days – and given us 100 well-told stories…recounted here with great skill.’

  • 23.04.2014

    Saul’s next talk in London on his new book 100 Days to Victory is at the English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles St, London at 7pm on Tuesday 29 April 2014. Click here for more details

  • 23.04.2014

    Saul’s next talk on his new book 100 Days to Victory is at the Ebenezer Society in Aller, Somerset, on Friday 25 April 2014.  Cost for the talk, supper and a glass of wine: £12.50 Click here for further details

  • 23.03.2014

    Saul’s latest TV appearance is in the ‘First Great Escape’ tonight at 9pm on Channel Five


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. His 3 x 1 hour series on the history of military logistics - Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How Wars are Really Won - was shown in February 2012 on BBC4. The Times described the series as 'riveting', the Sunday Times thought it was 'excellent', and the Radio Times wrote: 'Give this man another series, and quickly.'