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

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Fiction

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Bernard Cornwell

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 UK 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 were bought by Hollywood film company Participant Media and used in the making of the motion picture 'Entebbe', filmed on location in Malta and London from November 2016 to January 2017. The film is co-produced by Working Title, directed by José Padilha, and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan. It will be released in the US and UK in the spring of 2018.

Saul is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham, and Programme Director for the university's London-based MA in Military History by Research.

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 26.07.2017

    Saul has started work on a new history book – The Force – about a small unit of US/Canadian special forces who carry out mission impossible in World War Two. It has been commissioned by New York publishing giant Hachette Books and will appear in the US in the autumn of 2019.

  • 26.07.2017

    Saul’s third novel – The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders (the third in the Zulu Hart series) – is now finished and will be published by Hodder in the UK on 22 February 2018.

  • 26.07.2017

    The feature film ‘Entebbe’ – based on my book ‘Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe’, and directed by José Padilha and starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl – will debut at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2018, and will go on general release in US and UK cinemas on 16 March.

  • 11.04.2017

    There is still space on the 2017-18 Master’s in Military History by Research programme that Saul runs for the University of Buckingham in London. Applications close on 30 September 2017. 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 the lecture dates 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 Maria Floyd in Humanities Research Admissions on +44 (0)1280 827514
    Email: humanitiespg-admissions@buckingham.ac.uk

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  • 10.04.2017

    Saul’s OPERATION THUNDERBOLT, on the daring rescue of hostages from Entebbe airport in 1976, has been selected for the Paperback Row section of last weekend’s New York Times Book Review: ‘David recounts the episode in thrilling, minute by minute detail.’ Click here for full review

  • 22.02.2017

    Saul has just delivered the manuscript to his new novel, the third in the George Hart series, set in London in 1888. It’s working title is: ‘The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders: A George Hart Novel’. It will be published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton in February 2018.

  • 19.01.2017

    Saul’s next speaking event is on the Charge of the Light Brigade at the MShed in Bristol on Saturday 25 February 2017. Click here for more details

  • 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.

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 2016 he featured in a six-part series about Adolf Hitler and presented World War Two: A Timewatch Guide and Russia: A Timewatch Guide for BBC4.