Duff Hart-Davis is the author or editor of over 40 books, and the biographer of Peter Fleming, Raoul Millais, and Philip de Laszlo. He has written novels and military memoirs, served in the Coldstream Guards and flown numerous sorties as an observer in the RAF. His lifelong interest in natural history led to the widely-praised encyclopaedia Fauna Britannica, and to Audubon’s Elephant, the story of how J.J. Audubon produced his great work The Birds of America.
His latest book, Man of War, a biography of the British agent and diplomat Alan Hillgarth, was published last year by Century. He is currently working on The land at War a book about the way the Second World War changed life in rural Britain, for HarperCollins.