Giles Milton FRHistS (born 15 January 1966) is a British writer who specialises in narrative history. His books have been published in twenty-five languages. He has written twelve works of non-fiction, a thriller, two comic novels and three books for young children. He is best known for his 1999 best-selling title, Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, a historical account of the violent struggle between the English and Dutch for control of the world supply of nutmeg in the early 17th century.
Books in order of publication:
The Riddle and the Knight: In Search of Sir John Mandeville, 1996
Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: How One Man’s Courage Changed the Course of History, 1999
Big Chief Elizabeth: The Adventures and Fate of the First English Colonists in America, 2000
Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan, 2002
White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa’s One Million European Slaves, 2005, Sceptre,
Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922, 2008, Sceptre
Wolfram: The Boy Who Went To War, 2011, Sceptre
Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Global Plot, 2013, Sceptre
Fascinating Footnotes from History, 2015
When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain, 2016, Picador
When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank, 2016, Picador
Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, 2016, John Murray
Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day, 2019, Henry Holt & Company
Checkmate Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World, 2021, Henry Holt & Company
Edward Trencom’s Nose: A Novel of History, Dark Intrigue, and Cheese, 2007
According to Arnold: A Novel of Love and Mushrooms, 2009
Call Me Gorgeous, 2009, Alexandra Milton, illustrator.
Zebedee’s Zoo, 2009, Kathleen McEwen, illustrator.
Good Luck Baby Owls, 2012, Alexandra Milton, illustrator.
Children of the Wild, 2013.