Get 2 top 10 audiobooks free with a LoveReading exclusive

LoveReading has teamed up with Audiobooks.com to give you the chance to get 2 free audiobooks when you sign up. Try it for 30 days for free with no strings attached. You can cancel anytime, although we're sure you'll love it. Click the button to find out more:

Find out more

David James Smith - Author

About the Author

David James Smith was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1956 and has been a journalist all his working life. He writes for the Sunday Times Magazine.

Featured books by David James Smith

Other books by David James Smith

Only Norman Vikings

Only Norman Vikings

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2017

The Sleep of Reason The James Bulger Case

The Sleep of Reason The James Bulger Case

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Friday, 12th February, 1993. Two outwardly unremarkable ten-year-old boys began the day by playing truant and ended it running an errand for the local video shop. In between they abducted and killed a two-year-old boy, James Bulger. In search of an explanation, award-winning journalist David James Smith looks behind the misinformation, misunderstanding and sensational reporting to an exact account of the events of that day. A sensitive and definitive account, The Sleep of Reason achieves a unique understanding of the James Bulger case, and comes as close as may ever be possible to explaining how two ten-year-olds could kill.

Sleep of Reason

Sleep of Reason

Author: David James Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 31/10/2017

Friday, 12th February, 1993. Two outwardly unremarkable ten-year-old boys began the day by playing truant and ended it running an errand for the local video shop. In between they abducted and killed a two-year-old boy, James Bulger. In search of an explanation, award-winning journalist David James Smith looks behind the misinformation, misunderstanding and sensational reporting to an exact account of the events of that day. A sensitive and definitive account, The Sleep of Reason achieves a unique understanding of the James Bulger case, and comes as close as may ever be possible to explaining how two ten-year-olds could kill.

Only Heathen Vikings

Only Heathen Vikings

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/09/2017

Only the Vikings

Only the Vikings

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2017

Only Lettie Pony Adventure

Only Lettie Pony Adventure

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2016

Cheeky Charlie: Have you ever wondered where ponies came from long ago? How they coped in the ice ages? When people became friends with ponies and why? How the different breeds started? Lettie, an ice age pony, will tell you all about it. David James Smith is an investigator, historian, breeder, and natural horseman, with national style and performance competitor success. He helps Lettie write for boys and girls in an interactive style to inspire their search for knowledge using the compass, geography, history, challenges, and useful illustrations.

Only Lettie Ice Age Pony

Only Lettie Ice Age Pony

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/07/2016

Cheeky Charlie: Have you ever wondered where ponies came from long ago? How they grew from the size of a dog? How they coped in the ice ages? When people became friends with ponies and why? How the different breeds started? Lettie, the ice age pony, will tell you all about it. David James Smith is an investigator, historian, breeder, and natural horseman, with national style and performance competitor success. He helps Lettie write for children in an interactive style inspiring their search for knowledge using the compass, world geography, history, challenges, and useful illustrations.

Only Horses from Wild

Only Horses from Wild

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/07/2016

Have you ever wondered about the origin of ponies or horses? Where did they came from? How they coped in the ice ages? When man domesticated them and why? How the breeds evolved and more? David James Smith makes an informative world-wide review through the Ice Ages, Breeds, and Uses, for wild pony migrations hunted as food, their domestication, and breeding, to provide so many uses. He draws upon his skills as an investigator turned historian, breeder, and natural horseman with national style and performance competitor success, to propose it was Only Horses from Wild until horses entered a mutual working partnership with man. Cover picture shows a pony with ice age markings explained.

Only an Ice Age Pony

Only an Ice Age Pony

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2016

Cheeky Charlie: Have you ever wondered where ponies came from long ago? How they grew from the size of a dog? How they coped in the ice ages? When people became friends with ponies and why? How the different breeds started and their many uses? Lettie, the ice age pony, helps to tell you. David James Smith is an investigator, historian, breeder, and natural horseman, with national style and performance competitor success. He writes for the pre-teens in an interactive style thereby inspiring their knowledge of world geography and history with many useful illustrations and many surprises.

Only a Celtic Quarrel

Only a Celtic Quarrel

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2016

Mons Graupius. A Roman battle victory or, Only a Celtic Quarrel? Catti resisted, but relatives complied by joining the 9th Legio to retain Celtic land in Europe. Catti left, colonised and held land near the Grampians in Caledonia, resisted the Roman advance, and again quarrelled with relatives in the 9th. Calgacus and his speech were invented by a historian with a motive. Historical Notes: Catti origins before building Stonehenge, mining Cornwall, founding Lud (London), Cato Gate (Scandinavia), Gadi (Cadiz), Batavia (Holland), Gadie burn near Bennachie in Old Pictland (Scotland).

Only the Catti

Only the Catti

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2016

Live the life of a Celt in Caledonia. A story of migration to the Scottish Highlands circa AD78. The Roman expansion north was resisted by a Celtic Confederation and by their relatives still in Germania causing a contraction that left a vacuum to be filled by other migrants from Saxony. Angles, Jutes, and more. followed.

Only Pony Adventures

Only Pony Adventures

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2015

Only Pony Adventures with Cheeky Charlie who knows Father Christmas and helps when Rudolph has a cold. He learned to fly, ride, drive, and win. Interactive colouring and special challenges.

Only Ponies

Only Ponies

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2015

Another in the Only Series- Only Ponies' A family pony 'Cheeky Charlie', with Mary and Matt, win their first junior competition and then return next year to win against adults. See how they achieved a bursary and how you can too! Charlie is famous, he helps Father Christmas! From choosing a pony, care advice, and equipment,these guidelines ensure you are ready to train for success in whatever type of competition and level you choose. Meet Charlie's friends pictured inside, with poems and interactive activities to learn more together. Written by David James Smith a natural horseman with inherited skills from centuries of horse trainers. David passes on his knowledge having taught Mary among many others for competition success. As a breeder and trainer his own ponies and horses reached national success.

Only Fraud and Horses

Only Fraud and Horses

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2015

Young Mandela

Young Mandela

Author: David James Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2010

Nelson Mandela is well known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world's elder statesman-the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent twenty-seven years in prison before becoming the first black president of South Africa. But Nelson Mandela was not always elderly or benign. In Young Mandela, David James Smith takes us deep into the heart of racist South Africa to paint a portrait of the Mandela that many have forgotten: the committed revolutionary who left his family behind to live on the run, adopting false names, and organizing the first strikes to overthrow the apartheid state. Young Mandela lifts the curtain on an icon's first steps to greatness.