Dan Waddell - Author

About the Author

Dan Waddell is a journalist and author who lives in west London. He has published ten non-fiction books, including the bestselling Who Do You Think You Are?, which tied in with the successful BBC TV series. The Blood Detective is his first novel.

Featured books by Dan Waddell

Field of Shadows The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937

Field of Shadows The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Shortlisted for the Cricket Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Adolf Hitler despised cricket, considering it un-German and decadent. And Berlin in 1937 was not a time to be going against the Fuhrer's wishes. But hot on the heels of the 1936 Olympics, an enterprising cricket fanatic of enormous bravery, Felix Menzel, somehow persuaded his Nazi leaders to invite an English team to play his motley band of part-timers. That team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an ill-matched group of mavericks, minor nobility, ex-county cricketers, rich businessmen and callow schoolboys - led by former Worcestershire CC skipper Major Maurice Jewell. Ordered 'not to lose' by the MCC, Jewell and his men entered the 'Garden of Beasts' to play two unofficial Test matches against Germany. Against a backdrop of repression, brutality and sporadic gunfire, the Gents battled searing August heat, matting pitches, the skill and cunning of Menzel, and opponents who didn't always adhere to the laws and spirit of the game. The tour culminated in a match at the very stadium which a year before had witnessed one of sport's greatest spectacles and a sinister public display of Nazi might. Despite the shadow cast by the cataclysmic conflict that was shortly to engulf them, Dan Waddell's vivid and detailed account of the Gentlemen of Worcestershire's 1937 Berlin tour is a story of triumph: of civility over barbarity, of passion over indifference and hope over despair.

Other books by Dan Waddell

Who Do You Think You Are? The Genealogy Handbook

Who Do You Think You Are? The Genealogy Handbook

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Do you know where you came from? Who Do You Think You Are? has been a BBC hit since its first series in 2004, which ignited an extraordinary boom in researching family history in the UK. Since then, the world of genealogy has transformed and while our sources of information remain the same, our ways of accessing them have multiplied and changed beyond recognition. In this practical, easy-to-use handbook, the WDYTYA? team share their experience and expertise, essential for anyone who would like to discover their family's history. Drawing on celebrity stories to illustrate and inspire, and providing hints, tips and practical step-by-steps this pocket handbook will bring family history to life for fans of the show, and for any amateur sleuths starting out on their own journey of discovery.

The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes

The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes

Author: Dan Waddell, Henry Blofeld Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2017

From witty sayings and wise words, to doubles entendres, and legendary moments from cricketing history, you'll find the perfect line for every occasion. I've never got to the bottom of streaking. (Jonathan Agnew). On the first day Logie decided to chance his arm and it came off. (Trevor Bailey). Bill Frindall has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator. (John Arlott). Strangely, in slow motion, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer. (David Acfield). I'm not into caps with lots of diamonds on them, like KP. (James Anderson). How can you tell your wife you are just popping out to play a match and then not come back for five days? (Rafa Benitez on test cricket). I don't think we choked this time. We never played well enough to choke. (Craig Matthews). Flintoff starts in, his shadow beside him. Where else would it be? (Henry Blofeld). I once delivered a simple ball, which I was told, had it gone far enough, would have been considered a wide. (Lewis Carroll).

We Had Some Laughs

We Had Some Laughs

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

As `the voice of darts', the inimitable Sid Waddell helped transform it from an unfashionable pub game to a massively successful international sport. His uninhibited enthusiasm, classical allusions and memorable one-liners endeared him to millions. His son Dan Waddell grew up in this smoky, boozy world and witnessed Sid's turbulent journey from failed novelist and struggling TV producer to much-loved television personality. We Had Some Laughs is Dan's warm, moving and funny account of Sid's colourful life and career and a son's memories of an unconventional dad. It is also a celebration of a way of life and a story of loss - of people, places and times now gone or changed for ever. But, most of all, it's a story about fathers and sons, and the unshakeable bond between them.

The Test Match Special Quiz Book

The Test Match Special Quiz Book

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

For over 50 years, Test Match Special has provided listeners with every Test cricket ball, batting average, and plenty of views from the boundary, too. But how well do you know your cricket? Pit your wits against Aggers, Tuffers, Boycs and Johnners - and try not to get caught out! Can you identify the most famous players from history, name that ground or reel off well-known (and lesser-known) stats and facts. And of course, what Test Match Special would be complete without the gaffes, giggles, cakes and celebrity guests who make up a day at the cricket? With over 3,000 mind-bending puzzles about every aspect of the sport and beyond, this is the ultimate test of any cricket fan's true average.

We Had Some Laughs

We Had Some Laughs

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2016

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2016 Set in the smoky, boozy world of professional darts tournaments - and their even boozier aftermath - We Had Some Laughs is Dan Waddell's warm, moving and hilarious account of an unconventional childhood and a unique father. His dad Sid's inimitable commentary helped transform darts from an unfashionable pub game into a hugely popular international sport and young Dan had a ringside seat throughout. Away from the oche, Sid's parenting skills were as quirky as his commentary and Dan recounts life with him in affectionate, uproarious detail (can maybe cut there if space doesn't allow). Among the pearls of fatherly advice Sid passed on to his son included: `Never, ever trust a man who doesn't drink' - Dan was nine years old... Dan's book is a celebration of people, places and times now gone or changed for ever. But, most of all, it is a story about fathers and sons, and the unshakeable bond between them.

Field of Shadows The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937

Field of Shadows The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

Adolf Hitler despised cricket, considering it un-German and decadent. And Berlin in 1937 was not a time to be going against the Fuhrer's wishes. But hot on the heels of the 1936 Olympics, an enterprising cricket fanatic of enormous bravery, Felix Menzel, somehow persuaded his Nazi leaders to invite an English team to play his motley band of part-timers. That team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an ill-matched group of mavericks, minor nobility, ex-county cricketers, rich businessmen and callow schoolboys - led by former Worcestershire CC skipper Major Maurice Jewell. Ordered `not to lose' by the MCC, Jewell and his men entered the 'Garden of Beasts' to play two unofficial Test matches against Germany. Against a backdrop of repression, brutality and sporadic gunfire, the Gents battled searing August heat, matting pitches, the skill and cunning of Menzel, and opponents who didn't always adhere to the laws and spirit of the game. The tour culminated in a match at the very stadium which a year before had witnessed one of sport's greatest spectacles and a sinister public display of Nazi might. Despite the shadow cast by the cataclysmic conflict that was shortly to engulf them, Dan Waddell's vivid and detailed account of the Gentlemen of Worcestershire's 1937 Berlin tour is a story of triumph: of civility over barbarity, of passion over indifference and hope over despair.

The Wit and Wisdom of Test Match Special

The Wit and Wisdom of Test Match Special

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2015

`He played that so late, it was almost posthumous.' (John Arlott) For over fifty years, Test Match Special has provided the soundtrack to many cricket fans' lives - now this book collects its greatest hits. Here are all the witty sayings, bons mots, doubles entendres, wise words and priceless moments from the whole TMS team past and present, and of course their many and varied celebrity guests. Whether it's classic Test moments or hilarious asides from the boundary, you'll find the perfect line for every occasion. Collecting over half a century of quips and quotes, and beautifully illustrated throughout, The Wit and Wisdom of Test Match Special is a cricket fan's indispensable guide to bats, bowls, beards and bakes.

How To Be a Spy

How To Be a Spy

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Lift the flaps, uncover the plot and be a secret agent with this interactive guide to becoming a spy. Follow the story of Agent X, an ordinary boy who is recruited as a spy by his long-lost uncle. Use the information on each spread to help him uncover an evil plot and save humanity from everlasting war! Each spread is packed with everything you need to create a secret identity, beat a lie detector test, pass information to other spies and spot a double agent.

How To Be a Detective

How To Be a Detective

Author: Dan Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2012

Lift the flaps, follow the clues and be like Sherlock Holmes in this interactive guide to becoming a detective. In ten easy-to-follow spreads this action-packed guide to sleuthing contains everything you need to know to examine a crime scene, collect evidence, identify suspects and solve the most confounding crimes - just like Sherlock Holmes.

The Complete Auf Wiedersehen Pet Story

The Complete Auf Wiedersehen Pet Story

Author: Dan Waddell, Franc Roddam Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2003

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet first hit our screens in 1984 and quickly became one of Britains best-loved dramas. Such was the popularity of the show, which followed the lives of three builders from Newcastle who travel to Germany in a desperate search for work, the cast shot to stardom and became house-hold names almost overnight. 2002 saw Jimmy Nail, Kevin Whately and the rest of the Auf Wiedersehen, Pet cast returning to our screens sixteen years after the last episode was filmed. Broadcast on BBC1, the first episode of the new series attracted a staggering 12 million viewers and a 47% audience share. Written with the full co-operation of series creator Franc Roddam and writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, The Complete 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' Story will contain a detailed history of the show, unseen material from the series and interviews with cast and crew.

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