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History

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

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Fiction

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

Bernard Cornwell

About Saul

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

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His history books include The Indian Mutiny (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year), and Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport (an Amazon History Book of the Year). 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 for Operation Thunderbolt were bought by Hollywood's Participant Media and used in the making of the motion picture 'Seven Days in Entebbe' which was released worldwide in the spring of 2018. The film is co-produced by Working Title, directed by José Padilha, and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan.

Saul's latest work of non-fiction, The Force: The legendary US/Canadian Special Operations Unit that carried out Mission Impossible, will be published in the autumn of 2019. It has already been optioned for adaption into a TV mini-series.

Saul has also written three bestselling historical novels, Zulu HartHart of Empire and, published in 2018, The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders.

Saul is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham.

News & Events

Latest news and planned events from Saul.

  • 6.09.2018

    Saul will talk about his new novel, The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders, at the Warwick Words History Festival at 7.30pm on Friday 3 October 2018. Click here for more details and to book

  • 30.03.2018

    Saul tries to separate fact from fiction in a Time Magazine interview timing  to coincide with release of the feature film ‘7 days in Entebbe’ in the US: click here to read the article

  • 30.03.2018

    In a separate interview, José Padilha told the Hollywood news site ‘The Tracking Board: ‘The movie is based on a well-researched book by Professor Saul David, an English professor, and he spent like 10 years researching this, and he wrote the book telling the story like this, inter-cutting between what’s happening in Israel, what’s happening inside the terminal, and also what’s happening in the military side of things. So I tried to be faithful.’ Click here to read the full interview

  • 30.03.2018

    Nice of José Padilha to acknowledge the central role that Saul’s book played in the making of his motion picture ‘7 Days of Entebbe’. He said: ‘There’s been a recent book written by British historian Saul David that we based the screenplay on. [It contains] years of research… and, basically, Saul argues that the operation was successful because of the terrorists’ Click here to read the full interview

  • 22.01.2018

    Saul will appear at Scarborough’s Books by the Beach Literary Festival with crime writer Denise Mina at 5.30pm on Friday 13 April 2018. He will be talking about his new novel The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders. Click here for details

  • 22.01.2018

    On Wednesday 21 March 2018, Saul will be talking about his new novel The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders at Rochester Library in Kent. Click here for details

  • 18.01.2018

    At 8pm on Thursday, 22 February 2018, Saul will launch his new novel The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders at an event in Topping’s, Bath. Click here for details

  • 5.01.2018

    Saul’s next TV appearance is discussing Tudor military warfare on England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey, a 3-part BBC4 documentary presented by Helen Castor. It airs on Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th January at 9pm.

  • 9.12.2017

    The trailer for the feature film Entebbe, made using  Saul’s book Operation Thunderbolt (and for which Saul was the historical consultant), has just been released by distributor eOne: Click here to watch

    The film, starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl, will be screened in UK cinemas from 9 March 2018. It’s also being released in the US as 7 Days in Entebbe from 16 March 2018: Click here to watch the US trailer

  • 3.11.2017

    Saul will present a new 2 x 1 hour history series called ‘War Above The Trenches’ for UKTV Yesterday and French channel RMC Découverte. Filming begins in late November and the series will air in 2018.

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 2018 he features in a three-part BBC4 series on Lady Jane Grey and presents a two-part documentary on the aerial conflict in World War One, The War Above the Trenches, for UKTV Yesterday Channel and RMC Découverte (France).