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Roy and Lesley Adkins

Roy and Lesley Adkins are historians, archaeologists and authors of widely acclaimed books, which have so far been translated into seventeen languages worldwide. They include Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England, Jack Tar: Life in Nelson’s Navy, Trafalgar: The Biography of a Battle, The War for All the Oceans, Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon and The Keys of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs.

Their latest book is Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History, published in the UK by Little, Brown (2017), in the United States by Viking Penguin (2018), and with an audiobook narrated by the actor John Telfer. The excellent review coverage includes “A lively and compelling narrative” (The Wall Street Journal), “Well-researched and briskly written” (Sunday Times), “Fascinating and timely” (Daily Mail), “The story is as compelling as it is fantastic” (Kirkus Reviews), “a page-turning tale” (Publishers Weekly) and “A fascinating, well-crafted account of a siege that defined Britishness” (BBC History Magazine).

They are Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Fellows of the Royal Historical Society and Members of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. They live near Exeter in Devon. For more information about them and their books, visit

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