Giles Milton

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

Children’s books

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.

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