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'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, most recently, 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. His latest work of history - 100 Days to Victory:How the Great War was Fought and Won - was published on 12 September 2013.

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 23.03.2014

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

  • 7.11.2013

    More praise for Saul’s new book 100 Days to Victory in this month’s Literary Review. Nigel Jones writes: ‘David peoples his narrative with a colourful cast of characters…and he guides his readers home with a sure and easy hand.’

  • 30.10.2013

    Next Thursday 7 November 2013, Saul will speak about his new book 100 Days to Victory at the Taunton Literary Festival. Time and venue: 6pm at the Creative Innovation Centre, Memorial Hall, Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3PF. Click here for more details and to buy tickets

  • 30.10.2013

    More praise was heaped on Saul’s new book 100 Days to Victory in this week’s Mail on Sunday. Keith Lowe wrote: ‘He has pitched this exactly right. All the really important dates are here, as well as some inspired choices… If any book will inspire readers to investigate further, this one will.’

  • 16.10.2013

    Tomorrow, at 8pm, Saul will talk about his new book 100 Days to Victory at Topping’s in Bath. Click here for details

  • 14.10.2013

    Another excellent review of Saul David’s new book 100 Days to Victory appeared in last week’s Times Literary Supplement. John Ure described it as ‘original and effective…[David's] account of the First Day of the Battle of the Somme is a classic example of his skill as a narrator and historian…He exceeds the reader’s expectations… and gives one of the best measured accounts of the diplomatic manoeuvrings and hesitations leading up the outbreak of war… There may be a surfeit of books about these events… Saul David’s is one that should not be overlooked.’

  • 26.09.2013

    Richard Overy praised 100 Days to Victory in today’s New Statesman, describing it as ‘splendidly well written…fluent, engaging, well paced and, despite the grim subject matter, often entertaining’.

  • 23.09.2013

    On Wednesday 24 September 2013, at 5pm, Saul will give a talk on his new book 100 Days to Victory to the Land Warfare garrison at Warminster.

  • 21.09.2013

    Yesterday Jane Shilling wrote of 100 Days in the Daily Mail: ‘Saul David has come up with an ingenious approach. He tells the whole story  of the conflict in a series of snapshots of 100 key moments… The charm of this unorthodox technique becomes clear as soon as you open the book… A remarkable book.’ Click here for full review

  • 15.09.2013

    Ben Shephard described 100 Days to Victory in today’s Observer as a ‘splendid read’, adding: ‘A fine writer, David has intelligently boiled down recent scholarship… Some of the best material involves the experiences of David’s relatives.’ Click here for full review


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.'