Saul David

Saul David


Saul David is an historian, broadcaster and novelist. His many critically-acclaimed history books include: The Indian Mutiny:1857 (2002), shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature; Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (2004), a Waterstone’s Military History Book of the Year; Victoria’s Wars: The Rise of Empire (2006); All the King’s Men: The British Redcoat in the Age of Sword and Musket (2012); and 100 Days to Victory: How the First World War was Fought and Won.  He has also written two bestselling historical novels set in the late Victorian period. The first, Zulu Hart (2009), was described by The Times as a ‘rattling good yarn’ with ‘a compelling, sexy hero who could give Cornwell’s Sharpe a run for his money’.

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.’ A film option was bought by US film company Participant, and principal photography began in November 2016. The film is co-produced by Working Title, and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Vincent Cassel.

Saul has presented and appeared in history progammes for all the major TV channels. His presenting credits include ‘The Second World War: A Timewatch Guide’ and ‘Russia: A Timewatch Guide’, both one hour programmes for BBC4 in 2016; ‘Bullets, Boots and Bandages’, a 3 x 1 hour series on the history of military logistics, for BBC4 in 2012; ‘So You Think You’re Royal?’, 7 x 1 hour for Sky One (2007), ‘Escape From…’, 6 x 30mins for Channel Five (2004), and three programmes for the BBC2’s flagship history series Timewatch: ‘The Queen’s Lover’ (2001), ‘The Greatest Knight’ (2008) and ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Lost Guns’ (February 2009). He was an on-screen expert on BBC2′s virtual battle series ‘Time Commanders’ (2004) and two of his books – Mutiny at Salerno and Zulu – have been made into BBC Timewatch documentaries (1999 and 2003).

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

Saul David @sauldavid66

Sharpe Books are pleased to announce an Unpublished Novel Award, in partnership with the HWA. Win £500 and a publishing deal. Entrants receive free literary consultation too. #bookpublishing #indieauthors #bookstagram #historicalfiction @HistoriaHWA

Lovely quote for 'The Force' by Pulitzer-prize winning James D. McPherson: "A unique elite unit...As Saul David makes clear in this stirring account of their heroics, they did much more than their share and established precedents for the U.S. and Canadian Special Forces of today"

Exciting to hear the new 6-part series 'Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the Modern World' debuts on PBS today. I present the start of Ep 6 on the Smartphone, filmed in Numancia, central Spain, site of the infamous Roman siege in 134 BC. All will become clear!

Do come and hear me give the first public talk about my forthcoming new book on the First Special Service Force ("The Force") and the capture of Monte la Difensa in 1943 at the inaugural Buckingham History Festival.

Great day’s filming at Windsor Castle. Highlight was seeing a colourised Daguerreotype of Prince Albert from 1848, and pic of Chartists from same year, the first crowd shot in history

Just seen 1850s photo of a Raphael original. Unbelievably beautiful and astonishing quality for the time. Sadly pics are verboten

Very privileged to be filming in Windsor Castle’s beautiful print room today for a C4 doc on Prince Albert. #Raphaelprints