The Times described Milton as being able ‘to take an event from history and make it come alive’, while The New York Times said that Milton’s ‘prodigious research yields an entertaining, richly informative look at the past.
Giles Milton’s book Nathaniel’s Nutmeg is currently under option in America for a major TV series while his forthcoming title, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (to be published in June 2016) is also under option.
All of Milton’s books are available in print format and as e-books, in UK and US editions.
Did you know that Hitler took cocaine? That Stalin robbed a bank? That Charlie Chaplin's corpse was filched and held to ransom?
Giles Milton is a master of historical narrative: in his characteristically engaging prose, Fascinating Footnotes From History details one hundred of the quirkiest historical nuggets; eye-stretching stories that read like fiction but are one hundred per cent fact.
There is Hiroo Onoda, the lone Japanese soldier still fighting the Second World War in 1974; Agatha Christie, who mysteriously disappeared for eleven days in 1926; and Werner Franz, a cabin boy on the Hindenburg who lived to tell the tale when it was engulfed in flames in 1937. Fascinating Footnotes From History also answers who ate the last dodo, who really killed Rasputin and why Sergeant Stubby had four legs.
Peopled with a gallery of spies, cannibals, adventurers and slaves, and spanning twenty centuries and six continents, Giles Milton's impeccably researched footnotes shed light on the most infamous stories and most flamboyant characters (and animals) from history.
'Compact, engaging narratives... who needs fiction when you can unearth fabulous true tales like these?' Washington Post
In America, the footnotes are published in two volumes: When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain and When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank.
'Entertaining to a fault and well researched', says Paste Magazine, 'the book reads like a champagne cyclone, extra brut and deliriously fast, brimming with strangeness and just enough pedagogy to be educational yet still entertaining'.
Please note that all information about Giles Milton's metalwork can be found at his art website: www.gilesmilton.co.uk