Gavin Mortimer
Gavin Mortimer


Gavin Mortimer is a best-selling writer, historian and television consultant whose versatile narrative non-fiction books have been published in Britain and the United States. In addition he writes regularly for The Spectator about France and its politics, and he is also a regular contributor to magazines including BBC History, the History of War and History Revealed.

Among Gavin's recent books are The Men Who Made The SAS and a History of the Special Boat Squadron in WW2, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller and featured prominently in the British media.

Aside from history and politics, Gavin's other interest is sport and among his previous books is 'The History of Cricket in 100 Objects', selected by the Guardian in 2013 in its list of the 50 Best Books of the Summer. He also wrote 'The Great Swim', the story of the desperate race to become the first woman to swim the English Channel, which was voted one of the best books of 2008 by The Sunday Times. The Great Swim was subsequently dramatised on BBC Radio 4 & won the Women's Sports Foundation Book of the Year award in 2009.

Gavin has acted as a consultant to several television documentaries including, most recently, the BBC three-part series about the wartime SAS. He has also worked as an adviser and contributor for the National Army Museum for their 2018 exhibition about the history of Britain's Special Forces.

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