British writer and journalist Giles Milton was born in Buckinghamshire in
1966. He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as
well as many foreign publications, and specializes in the history of travel and
exploration. In the course of his researches, he has traveled extensively in
Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the Far East, and the Americas.
Knowledgeable, insatiably curious and entertaining, Milton locates history's most fascinatingand most overlookedstories and brings them to life in his books.
He lives in London, where he is a member of the Hakluyt Society, which is dedicated to reprinting the works of explorers and adventurers in scholarly editions, some of which he uses in his research. He wrote most of Samurai William in the London Library, where he loves the "huge reading room, large Victorian desks and creaking armchairs". At home and while traveling, he is ever on the lookout for new untold stories. Apparently he began researching the life of Sir John Mandeville for his book The Riddle and the Knight after Mandevilles book Travels "literally fell off the shelf of a Paris bookstore" in which he was browsing.
Giles Milton's website
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