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

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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.

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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 latest work of non-fiction, Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport was an Amazon History Book of the Year for 2015. Alan Furst commented in the New York Times Book Review: 'Tense and riveting...This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian.' The film rights have been bought by Hollywood film company Participant Media and principal photography began on 'Entebbe' in Malta on 14 November 2016. The film is co-produced by Working Title, directed by José Padilha, and will star Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Vincent Cassel.

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 17.11.2016

    Saul’s next TV appearance is presenting ‘Russia: A Century of Suspicion’, a Timewatch Guide for BBC4, next Tuesday 22 November at 9pm. Click here for details

  • 17.11.2016

    Click here for Saul’s review of Lord Dannatt’s fine new book on the history of the British Army since WW2

  • 9.11.2016

    The film rights to Saul’s latest book Operation Thunderbolt have been bought by the US film company Participant, and principal photography on the feature film ‘Entebbe’ begins in Malta next Monday 14 November 2016. The film is co-produced by Working Title, and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl and Vincent Cassel.

  • 9.09.2016

    There is still space on this year’s Master’s in Military History by Research programme that Saul runs for the University of Buckingham in London. Applications close on 30 September 2016. Full-time and part-time options available, as well as associate studentships (which do not require a written component, but instead give the student access to lectures and dinners).

    For further details on guest lectures and how to apply, see the Academic section of this website, the University of Buckingham website (www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/militaryhistory ) or contact Claire Prendergast:

    T: 01280 820204 E: claire.prendergast@buckingham.ac.uk

    Military History - BBC History - Aug 2016

  • 31.08.2016

    Saul will talk about his new book Operation Thunderbolt with RTE presenter Keelin Shanley at the Dublin Festival History at 1pm on Saturday 24 September. The venue is the Printworks in Dublin Castle. No booking required. Click here for further details.

  • 31.08.2016

    Saul will give a talk about his most recent book Operation Thunderbolt – about to be made into a major feature film starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl – at the Spring Heritage and Arts Centre in Havant at 8pm on Thursday 22 September 2016. Click here for more details and to book tickets

  • 31.08.2016

    Saul’s next talk on Operation Thunderbolt is in the historic setting of Blackfriars Prior for the Gloucester History Festival at 6pm on Thursday 15 September 2016. Click here for more details and to book tickets

  • 9.08.2016

    There is still space on this year’s Master’s in Military History by Research programme that Saul runs for the University of Buckingham in London. Applications close on 30 September 2016. Full-time and part-time options available, as well as associate studentships (which do not require a written component, but instead give the student access to lectures and dinners).

    For further details on guest lectures and how to apply, see the Academic section of this website, the University of Buckingham website (www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/militaryhistory ) or contact Claire Prendergast:

    T: 01280 820204 E: claire.prendergast@buckingham.ac.uk

    Military History - BBC History - Aug 2016

     

     

  • 15.06.2016

    There was a lovely 5-star paperback review of Operation Thunderbolt in last Saturday’s Daily Telegraph: ‘David’s is a brilliant account that reads like the plot of an action movie.’

  • 15.06.2016

    Saul’s next talk on his book Operation Thunderbolt – to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Entebbe Raid – is at the Buckingham Literary Festival on Friday 1 July 2016. Click here for further details and to book a ticket.

Broadcasting

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 2015 he appeared in programmes on the Spanish Armada, the Duke of Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo (twice), the History of Spain and the secret rescue of Ethiopia's Jews. In 2016 he features in a six-part series about Adolf Hitler and presents World War Two: A Timewatch Guide and Russia: A Timewatch Guide for BBC4.