James Holland (author)

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James Holland
Subject World War II
Spouse Rachel
Relatives Tom Holland

James Holland (born 27 June 1970) is a British author and broadcaster.[1][2]

Biography

Education

Educated at Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury, and King's School, Bruton,[2] Holland has written about military history, especially the Second World War, and has presented television programmes concerning Second World War battles.[1] He studied at Durham University, graduating with a degree in History in 1992.

Career

Holland is Co-Founder and Co-Chair and Programme Director of the Chalke Valley History Festival [3] at Ebbesbourne Wake.

He is Hon. Secretary and a playing member of Chalke Valley Cricket Club [4] and was instrumental in organising the relocation of the cricket ground from a combined football and cricket ground at the Chalke Valley Sports Centre to a new ground [5] solely for cricket at Butt's Field, Bowerchalke. In August 2014, Holland was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[6]

Personal life

He lives in Broad Chalke near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England with his wife Rachel and their children.[2] He is the brother of Tom Holland, who is also an author of historical books.

Books

History

  • Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege 1940-43 (Orion 2003)[1]
  • Together We Stand: North Africa 1942-1943, Turning the Tide in the West (HarperCollins 2005)[1]
  • Heroes: The Greatest Generation and the Second World War (2007)[1]
  • Italy's Sorrow: a Year of War, 1944-1945 (2008)[1]
  • The Battle of Britain (May 2010)[1]
  • Dam Busters (May 2012)[1]
  • The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941: The War in the West, Volume 1 (2015)[7]

Novels

  • The Burning Blue (William Heinemann 2004)[1]
  • A Pair of Silver Wings (March 2006)[1]
  • The Odin Mission (Bantam Press, May 2008)[1]
  • Darkest Hour (June 2009)[1]
  • Blood of Honour (2010)[1]
  • Hellfire (2011)[1]
  • Devil's Pact (July 2013)[1]
  • Duty Calls: Dunkirk (Puffin 2011)[1]

Broadcasts

  • The end of the war in Europe, Victory in Europe (UKTV History May 2005) [1]
  • Battle of Britain: The Real Story (BBC 2 film September 2010 made by Maya Vision International, owned by historian Michael Wood)[1]
  • Dam Busters (Maya Vision International for BBC2 8 November 2011) [8]
  • Battle for Malta (BBC2 7 January 2013) [9]
  • Cold War, Hot Jets (BBC2 8 November 2013)
  • Nazi Megastructures" (National Geographic 2013 - 2016)

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 "About James". griffonmerlin.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 James Holland, Heroes: The Greatest Generation and the Second World War (2010), p. 4: "...born 27 June 1970, educated Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury; King's School, Bruton..."
  3. "Chalke Valley History Festival - 22nd - 28th June 2015 - The largest Festival dedicated entirely to History in the UK". cvhf.org.uk.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Chalke Valley Cricket Club website
  5. New Cricket Ground website
  6. "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories". theguardian.com. 7 August 2014. Archived from the original on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "James Holland: The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941 - Pritzker Military Museum & Library - Chicago". pritzkermilitary.org.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Broad Chalke local people 2". broadchalke.info.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Broad Chalke local people 2". broadchalke.info.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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