Giles Milton (born 15 January 1966) is a writer who specialises in the history of exploration. His books have been published in seventeen languages worldwide and are international best-sellers. He has written six works of non-fiction, two comic novels and two 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. The book was serialised by BBC Radio 4. Nathaniel's Nutmeg was followed by Big Chief Elizabeth, Samurai William and White Gold, books of narrative non-fiction which took as their subject matter the pioneering English adventurers in Asia, North Africa and the New World, and then by his 2008, Paradise Lost, Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of Islam's City of Tolerance, which investigated the bloody sacking of Smyrna in September 1922, and the subsequent expulsion of 1,300,000 Orthodox Greeks from Turkey and 350,000 Muslims from Greece. His latest book, published in February 2011, is Wolfram: The Boy Who Went To War.
Milton is the author of a weekly history blog that focusses on forgotten characters from the past.
Read more about Giles Milton: Biography, Interests and Influences, The Riddle and The Knight, Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Big Chief Elizabeth, Samurai William, White Gold, Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922, Wolfram: The Boy Who Went To War, Critical Reception
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... Sir John alive today, I am sure he would have read Milton's book.' Jason Goodwin, reviewing the book in Punch magazine, concluded 'We travel with him in the end ... Milton has scaled a mountain of research, and the twist he gives Mandeville's story is made with elegance and conviction.' But Philip Glazebrook, writing in The Spectator, felt that Sir John ... presence at the heart of the book.' Martin Booth, writing of Giles Milton’s book in The Times, concluded ‘His research is impeccable and his narrative reads in part like a modern-day Robert Louis Stevenson ...
... British author Giles Milton's Paradise Lost Smyrna 1922 is a graphic account of the sack of Smyrna (modern Izmir) in 1922 recounted through the eyes of the city's Levantine community ... Milton's book is based on eyewitness accounts of those who were there, making use of unpublished diaries and letters written by Smyrna’s Levantine elite He ... According to Milton, the fire was started by the Turkish army, who brought in thousands of barrels of oil and poured them over the streets of Smyrna with the exception of the Turkish quarter ...
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