Novelist, journalist, historian

David Chadwick is an acclaimed author, historian and award-winning journalist who uses his knowledge and experience to create multi-dimensional characters, immersive settings and compelling stories.

Four decades in journalism and the media sector have given him first-hand insights into the best and worst of people in every sort of situation you can imagine – and some you probably can’t.  

David has come face to face with senior royals, top politicians and celebrities; got to know business bosses, war veterans and seasoned cops. And he has sat in court rooms within spitting distance of the killers, rapists and robbers they have put behind bars.

As well as his Wat Tyler crime trilogy, David’s work includes his debut novel Liberty Bazaar and High Seas to Home, a historical account of the Battle of the Atlantic. Upcoming work for publication includes a Second World War spy thriller set in Ireland, and a mystery about an elderly Nazi war criminal living in John Major’s Britain.

David has been a full-time novelist since 2021 when he took a step back from the freelance journalism and PR consultancy he founded in 2001. Previously he was a communications manager at global accountancy firm KPMG, and before that, a UK government media adviser reporting to the Cabinet Office and working with officials at Buckingham Palace.

He has also held senior editorial positions on a number of UK daily newspapers including the Oxford Mail and Bolton Evening News. His freelance work has appeared in UK national titles such as the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror.

David divides his time between Bolton, Greater Manchester and Almeria in southern Spain.