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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 NIGHT FLIGHT TO PARIS   Historical Fiction, 496 pages   Head of Zeus - August 2018   PARIS, 1943. The swastika flies from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Buildings have been renamed, books banned, art stolen and people disappeared. Amongst the missing is an Allied intelligence cell. Gone to ground? Betrayed? Dead? Britain's Special Operations Executive need to find out. They recruit ex-Parisian and Bletchley Park codebreaker Harry Mitchell to return to the city he fled two years ago.  Mitchell knows the risks: a return to Paris not a mission – it's a death sentence.But he has good reason to put his life on the line: the wife and daughter he was forced to leave behind have fallen into the hands of the Gestapo and Michell will do whatever it takes to save them. But with disaster afflicting his mission from the outset, it will take all his ingenuity, all his courage, to even get into Paris... unaware that every step he takes towards the capital is a step closer to a trap well set and baited.

NIGHT FLIGHT TO PARIS

Historical Fiction, 496 pages
Head of Zeus - August 2018

PARIS, 1943. The swastika flies from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Buildings have been renamed, books banned, art stolen and people disappeared. Amongst the missing is an Allied intelligence cell. Gone to ground? Betrayed? Dead? Britain's Special Operations Executive need to find out. They recruit ex-Parisian and Bletchley Park codebreaker Harry Mitchell to return to the city he fled two years ago.

Mitchell knows the risks: a return to Paris not a mission – it's a death sentence.But he has good reason to put his life on the line: the wife and daughter he was forced to leave behind have fallen into the hands of the Gestapo and Michell will do whatever it takes to save them. But with disaster afflicting his mission from the outset, it will take all his ingenuity, all his courage, to even get into Paris... unaware that every step he takes towards the capital is a step closer to a trap well set and baited.

 MASTER OF WAR: SCOURGE OF WOLVES  Historical, 480 pages Head of Zeus - January 2017  The fifth title in the MASTER OF WAR series.   After two decades of conflict, Edward III has finally agreed a treaty with the captive French King, John II. In return for his freedom, John has ceded vast tracts of territory to the English. But for five long years mercenary bands and belligerent lords have fought over the carcass of his kingdom. They will not give up their hard-won spoils to honour a defeated king's promises.  If the English want their prize, they'll have to fight for it.

MASTER OF WAR: SCOURGE OF WOLVES

Historical, 480 pages
Head of Zeus - January 2017

The fifth title in the MASTER OF WAR series. 

After two decades of conflict, Edward III has finally agreed a treaty with the captive French King, John II. In return for his freedom, John has ceded vast tracts of territory to the English. But for five long years mercenary bands and belligerent lords have fought over the carcass of his kingdom. They will not give up their hard-won spoils to honour a defeated king's promises.

If the English want their prize, they'll have to fight for it.

  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.