Neil Hanson is the author of an acclaimed series of narrative histories including The Custom of the Sea; The Great Fire of London; The Confident Hope of a Miracle: The True History of the Spanish Armada; Unknown Soldiers: The Story of the Missing of the Great War; and Monk Eastman: The Gangster Who Became a War Hero. Published by Alfred A. Knopf in New York and Doubleday in London, his books have been hailed by critics on four continents as "brilliant", "stunning", "haunting", "exceptional", "fantastic", "magnificent", "superlative", "unforgettable", "a triumph" and "a masterpiece", and led one critic to compare him to "Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and a dozen other immortals". He has lectured on his work all over the world, is an award winning after-dinner speaker and has made regular appearances on TV and radio in Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund in 2007. Sweethearts, co-written with his wife Lynn Russell, is his latest bestseller.