David Gilman

 Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography: 

Award-winning screenwriter, who has written for successful long-running series like DALZIEL AND PASCOE and A TOUCH OF FROST.

MASTER OF WAR is the first book of David Gilman's new series written for the adult market that follows the fortunes of Thomas Blackstone, a village stonemason in England sent to fight with King Edward's army as an archer against the French in 1346. In the bloodiest of conflicts he discovers friendship, love and sacrifice but his destiny has yet to be played out.  From humble beginnings this common man's reputation becomes legend. Rich in historical detail, MASTER OF WAR propels the cast of characters on an epic journey through the violence and political intrigue of the 100 Years' War.

David is also author of the DANGER ZONE YA adventure series featuring plucky hero Max Gordon. Each book in the trilogy has a different geographical setting. THE DEVIL'S BREATH won the prestigious French award, Le Prix Polar Jeunesse, was shortlisted for the Manchester Book Award and the Spellbinding Award, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and picked for the UK government's recommended reading list for boys. It was also shortlisted for the 2010-2011 Isinglass Teen Read Award in New Hampshire, USA.

'I'm totally bedazzled. I'd never thought that another writer could rival Bernard Cornwell when it came to dramatizing battles, but David is giving him a real run for his money. The battle scenes are so realistic it is almost like time-traveling, though definitely not for the faint of heart. Thomas is an incredibly appealing and sympathetic character. And the level of suspense is ratcheted up to a truly brutal level, for it is impossible for a reader to predict what will be coming next' –Sharon Penman.

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THE LAST HORSEMAN Historical Fiction, 480 pages Head of Zeus - August 2016 South Africa, 1900. Eight hundred miles north of Cape Town, amid the trackless veld, lawyer Joseph Radcliffe and his black American comrade Benjamin Pierce experience the bloody brutality of a conflict that the British generals are shocked to discover they are losing. Under fire from Boer snipers and artillery, distrusted by the British forces, the two old soldiers will find their survival skills tested to the hilt as they search for the missing boy in this epic tale of heroism and treachery, love and loyalty.

THE LAST HORSEMAN

Historical Fiction, 480 pages
Head of Zeus - August 2016

South Africa, 1900. Eight hundred miles north of Cape Town, amid the trackless veld, lawyer Joseph Radcliffe and his black American comrade Benjamin Pierce experience the bloody brutality of a conflict that the British generals are shocked to discover they are losing. Under fire from Boer snipers and artillery, distrusted by the British forces, the two old soldiers will find their survival skills tested to the hilt as they search for the missing boy in this epic tale of heroism and treachery, love and loyalty.

MASTER OF WAR: VIPER'S BLOOD Historical, 480 pages Head of Zeus - January 2017 The fourth title in the MASTER OF WAR series.  Edward III has invaded France at the head of the greatest host England has ever assembled. But his attempt to win the French crown is futile. Facing a stalemate – or worse – the English are forced to agree a treaty. But peace comes at a price. The French request that Blackstone escort their King's daughter to Italy to see her married to one of the two brothers who rule Milan – the same brothers who killed Blackstone's family to revenge the defeats he inflicted on them. Blackstone, the French are certain, will never leave Milan alive...

MASTER OF WAR: VIPER'S BLOOD

Historical, 480 pages
Head of Zeus - January 2017

The fourth title in the MASTER OF WAR series. 

Edward III has invaded France at the head of the greatest host England has ever assembled. But his attempt to win the French crown is futile. Facing a stalemate – or worse – the English are forced to agree a treaty. But peace comes at a price. The French request that Blackstone escort their King's daughter to Italy to see her married to one of the two brothers who rule Milan – the same brothers who killed Blackstone's family to revenge the defeats he inflicted on them. Blackstone, the French are certain, will never leave Milan alive...

 MASTER OF WAR Historical Fiction, 496 pages Head of Zeus - January 2014 A thrilling historical adventure series following English stonemason-turned archer Thomas Blackstone from humble beginnings in 1346, through love and bloody battle. After a knighthood for saving the life of the Prince of Wales at Crécy, he becomes a powerful man-at-arms. August 2013 lead title for Head of Zeus. 

 MASTER OF WAR


Historical Fiction, 496 pages
Head of Zeus - January 2014

A thrilling historical adventure series following English stonemason-turned archer Thomas Blackstone from humble beginnings in 1346, through love and bloody battle. After a knighthood for saving the life of the Prince of Wales at Crécy, he becomes a powerful man-at-arms. August 2013 lead title for Head of Zeus. 

MONKEY & ME 9-11, Contemporary, 240 pages Templar Feb 2014. Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award 2014 One brave boy, one escaped chimpanzee, one adventure of a lifetime… A heartwarming story packed with guts and humour.

MONKEY & ME

9-11, Contemporary, 240 pages
Templar Feb 2014.

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award 2014

One brave boy, one escaped chimpanzee, one adventure of a lifetime… A heartwarming story packed with guts and humour.