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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.

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Only Smith Destiny

Only Smith Destiny

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2019

Culloden battle, babe in arms attacked! Burns ancestor & Smiths with Gordons; Gordon Highlanders in WWI. Culloden's ethnic cleansing on Cumberland's orders, blamed `no quarter' on Murray. Charles assisted escape. Rev. ministers prove Cumberland's lie, eyewitness accounts and, dying declarations. Proscription abolished- Highland traditions, tartan only fighting allies, then clearances for sheep. Burns told the world of English crimes to achieve UK. Sovereigns in England neglect Scotland. Queen Mother, descended from Bruce, restored Scotland's faith in their own royalty, influenced heiress Elizabeth II through world war I.

Only the Smiths

Only the Smiths

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2019

The local Smith trade expanded in Fetteresso and Glenbervie, Aberdeenshire, as a farming family, supplying wars and feeding people. Mary I was influenced by living in France. The Pope declared a crusade against England, Spain sent armadas. The Union of crowns saw King James VI of Scotland the I of England neglect Scotland. Montrose changed allegiance to stop Cromwell and failed, prisoners to the Americas. England conspired against the Darien investment and bribed investor negotiators for votes for Union. People, without a vote, protested as a right since the Declaration of Arbroath 1320. Landlord Keith, Scotland's Marischal, kin to Smith tenants from the same tribe of Chatti in Europe, proclaimed the true King of Scotland. Pope-given honours safe. Smiths with Burnes neighbours, ancestors of Robert Burns the national poet, on their march to Culloden. Prince Charlie, Regent to correct UK Sovereignty, his father the nearest heir. The people fought to replace the Sovereign, freedom, and independence.

Only Smiths

Only Smiths

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

How a Smith aided William Wallace win at Stirling Bridge, in Norman dominated Scotland. James Smith wanted to find his own way in life. Born in Badenoch, southwest Highland Scotland, he was determined to help William Wallace fight against Norman dominance for independence. Smiths were victims of a Moray clearance when Oengus, or Angus Chief of the Chattan and last Mormaor or King of Moray, had fallen at Stracathro to be replaced by a Norman Earl. James, a 3rd generation blacksmith, crossed the Causey Mounth cattle drover road to emerge at Fetteresso, before Durris on the east coast armed with a self-made sword, targe, adaptable skills, and handed down family history shaped by war. His skills served another Earl Moray who declared for Wallace burning out Normans from Dunnottar castle still smoking as they went south for Dundee and Stirling Bridge. This decision shaped the destiny of east-coast Smiths, now told.

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 / softback Release Date: 05/03/2017

You all know me as Highland Warrior Chief Cattan, a Sennachie who can recite all our ancestors, and as a parson looking to save your souls. Today, I give you a reason to fight and to keep hold of what we have created. The heathen Vikings, we now face, left their own homelands to explored the wider world. We need to know how far they have reached, and to dissuade those we meet from coming back to our western isles. We the Catti tribe are accepted by the Picts and are trusted to make their alliances. Be ready to fight on for what is your inheritance. I will be with you.

Only Lettie Pony Adventure

Only Lettie Pony Adventure

Author: David James Smith Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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.