Nicholas Best grew up in Kenya, of Anglo-
He is the author of Happy Valley: the Story of the English in Kenya, Tennis and the
Masai (a comic novel later serialised on Radio 4) and more than a dozen history books,
including Trafalgar, The Greatest Day in History (a Waterstone's recommendation of
the month) and Five Days that shocked the World, about the end of World War Two.
He was the Financial Times fiction critic for ten years and has written also for
BBC Radio 4, the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Observer and Times Literary Supplement
etc. In 2010, he was long-
He lives in Cambridge, England.