Gavin Mortimer
Gavin Mortimer


Gavin Mortimer is a best-selling author and an award-winning historian whose versatile narrative non-fiction books have been published in Britain and the United States.

Included among Gavin’s recent titles are The History of the Special Boat Squadron in World War 2, an Amazon Top 100 bestseller that was featured prominently in the Daily Telegraph, the Sun and the Daily Mirror, the latter praising it as a “remarkable” account of the wartime SBS.

His next title, ‘The Men Who Made the SAS: a History of the Long Range Desert Group in WW2’, is published in 2015 by Constable & Robinson, and tells the stirring story of the pioneers of British Special Forces warfare.

Among Gavin’s previous titles are ‘The History of Cricket in 100 Objects’, selected by the Guardian in 2013 in its list of the 50 Best Books of the Summer, and ‘The Great Swim’, the story of the desperate race to become the first woman to swim the English Channel. Voted one of the best books of 2008 by The Sunday Times, The Great Swim was 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 concerning aspects of the Second World War. Additionally, he is an experienced sports writer, appearing regularly in print and also on television and radio where his knowledge of French rugby is in demand.

If you have any questions concerning Gavin’s work please contact his agent, Felicity Blunt, at

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