Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. He served as a regular officer with the 11th Hussars in Germany. After five years in the Army, he resigned his commission and lived and worked in Paris for two years, where he wrote his first novel. His fourth novel, The Enchantment of Christina von Retzen, was published in 1989.
His works of non-fiction have included The Spanish Civil War; a social anatomy, Inside the British Army; and Crete – The Battle and the Resistance, which won a Runciman Prize in 1992; Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature; Berlin – The Downfall, which received the first Longman – History Today Award; The Battle for Spain; The Mystery of Olga Chekhova and D-Day, which received the RUSI Westminster Medal.
His books have appeared in thirty languages and sold over five million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Kent and Bath and is a visiting professor at Birkbeck College and the University of Kent.
He is married to the writer Artemis Cooper, with whom he wrote Paris after the Liberation, 1944 – 1949. They were each made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
Edward Ruadh Butler
Ruadh Butler is a historical fiction author from Tyrone in Northern Ireland. A long-time fan of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Simon Scarrow, Giles Kristian, and Patrick O’Brien, he began writing his first book during his lunchtime while working at a newspaper. His first novel, Swordland, based on the little-known events of the Welsh-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, was published in February 2016 and has been followed by the sequels, Lord of the Sea Castle in 2017 and The Earl Strongbow in 2018. He is currently working on part four of the series, Usurper King, as well as a murder mystery set in Ireland in 1901 called A Spy Manqué.