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Paul Dowswell - Author

About the Author

Paul Dowswell has worked in publishing for over twenty years. He went freelance in 1999 after eight years with Usborne, where he was a senior editor. Before that he worked for Time-Life, BBC Books, the Science Museum and the National Sound Archive.

History is his specialist subject but he also enjoys writing about natural history, science, geography, in fact almost anything, apart from golf and mechanical engineering. He has a shamefully encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music, and have recently begun presenting occasional music programmes on local radio station WCR 101.8 FM.

He has written over 60 books for UK publishers. Most of them have been published in the United States, Commonwealth countries, Europe and elsewhere.

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Other books by Paul Dowswell

True Stories of Polar Adventure

True Stories of Polar Adventure

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2018

A gripping collection of true stories telling the remarkable and dangerous journeys of exploration to the North and South Poles. This volume seeks to encourage even the most reluctant reader to pick up a book.

True Stories of Everest Adventures

True Stories of Everest Adventures

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2018

As the world's tallest mountain, Everest has held a special fascination for climbers. This collection of real life stories tells of the lengths to which people have gone to get to its summit, and the dangers they've experienced, in some cases ending in tragedy.

True Stories of Escape

True Stories of Escape

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2018

High walls, barbed wire, savage dogs and guards who shoot to kill are just some of the obstacles faced by escaping prisoners. This book tells the extraordinary tales of men who risked their lives to regain their freedom. Part of the Usborne Young Reading series, this thrilling book is ideal for newly independent readers who prefer fact to fiction.

Survival

Survival

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Discover amazing true survival stories of people stranded alone in the wildest places on Earth, and learn simple and useful survival techniques in this fascinating information book. With dramatic photographs, detailed diagrams and cartoon-strip stories, plus links to exciting websites with video clips and more information.

True Stories of Survival

True Stories of Survival

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2017

Wolf Children

Wolf Children

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2017

It is July 1945, Hitler's Third Reich has fallen, and Berlin is in ruins. Living on the edge of survival in the cellar of an abandoned hospital, Otto and his ragtag gang of kids have banded together in the desperate, bombed-out city. The war may be over, but danger lurks in the shadows of the wreckage as Otto and his friends find themselves caught between invading armies, ruthless rival gangs and a strange Nazi war criminal who stalks them ... A climactic story of truth, friendship and survival against the odds, Wolf Children will thrill readers of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne.

Egyptian Echo

Egyptian Echo

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/12/2016

Why DID the Egyptians build the pyramids? What do those squiggly hieroglyphics really mean? Find out in the Egyptian Echo, a fresh and lively look at Ancient Egyptian history told by way of screaming headlines and hot-under-the-collar tabloid journalism. Covering 3,000 years in 32 pages, bursting with facts and humour. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Stone Age Sentinel

Stone Age Sentinel

Author: Paul Dowswell, Fergus Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2016

Read all about The Stone Age in this accessible and amusing history book, cunningly disguised as a tabloid newspaper. Covering a mere four million years, it's packed full of facts about what Stone Age people ate, did, wore and where they lived.

Viking Invader

Viking Invader

Author: Paul Dowswell, Fergus Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2016

The Vikings: axe-wielding brutes or clean-living explorers and traders? Read this issue of the Viking Invader and find out, a fresh and lively look at history written in the style of a tabloid newspaper. There's a lot more to the Vikings than you think. Discover the people behind the headlines in The Viking Invader - coming to a village near you, SOON.

The Roman Record

The Roman Record

Author: Paul Dowswell, Fergus Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Soak up the shocks, horrors and sensations of the greatest empire of the Ancient World. It's all in The Roman Record - a fresh and lively look at history, written and designed to look like a tabloid newspaper. 1200 years of history are covered, from Romulus and Remus to the fall of Rome.

The World Wars Bind-up

The World Wars Bind-up

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Medieval Messenger

Medieval Messenger

Author: Paul Dowswell, Fergus Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2016

An alternative way to learn the history of the Middle Ages, this amusing book which is cunningly disguised as a tabloid newspaper. Including stories about The Black Death, The Crusades, and features such as 'What's new at the Spanish Inquisition?', 'What's on the monastery menu?' and 'How to support your favourite knight at a jousting tournament.'

Amazing History of Wizards & Witches

Amazing History of Wizards & Witches

Author: Paul Dowswell, Susan Greenwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/06/2016

Sort the facts from the fairy tales and trace the evolution of wizardry - from Stone Age rituals with gruesome horned gods, through to the modern day, where magicians fair and foul dominate the big screen. Learn about the barbaric witch-hunts that swept across Europe and America, when ordinary people were put to death just because they looked different or behaved oddly. Find out about the arts of the witch, from secret potion recipes to mystic animal companions, and the real-life quest for the Philosopher's Stone!

Greek Gazette

Greek Gazette

Author: Paul Dowswell, Fergus Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/06/2016

A fresh and lively look at Ancient Greek history written in the style of a tabloid newspaper. Learn about famous Greeks - including philosophers, inventors, politicians and astronomers - their achievements and influence on future civilisations.

Wave

Wave

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Brothers Eddie and Charlie find a photo of the great-great-uncles they were named after and discover an amazing story of WWI, at the Front and back at home. Assured that the Germans have been destroyed by bombardment, the earlier Eddie and Charlie are sent into No Man's Land in the 'First Wave' of the Somme. But when Charlie is forced to leave Eddie behind, his life ishaunted by grief and guilt. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Book of War Stories

Book of War Stories

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2015

A collection of true stories which recount some of the most heroic, devastating and pivotal moments of World Wars One and Two, providing young readers with an insight into the human stories behind the conflicts. Stories range from those of the soldiers on the front line and the riveting tales of spies to those on the home front.

Bomber

Bomber

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

ONE IN FIVE NEVER RETURNED. Every boy dreams of flying, but in war that dream can turn into a nightmare. Harry Friedman is the gunner of the Macey May, an American Flying Fortress stationed in East Anglia. The Second World War is raging and the Nazis have swept over Europe. The crews of every Flying Fortress face terrible odds on their bombing missions. To make it through alive, Harry will need luck on his side and courage ... Courage to keep going when he has watched close friends die. Courage to confront a terrible evil. And the courage to make it home from deep behind enemy lines. Nail-biting tension and compelling storytelling combine with Dowswell's meticulous research to deliver a page-turner for fans of John Boyne, Morris Gleitzman and Marcus Zusak.

The Story of the Second World War

The Story of the Second World War

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2014

This title provides a far-reaching account of the story of the Second World War, showing how the war affected nations and people all over the world. Colour photographs and maps give an atmospheric period feel.

Red Shadow

Red Shadow

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Russia, 1940. Fifteen-year-old Misha's life is about to transform when his father is offered a job in Stalin's inner circle. They move into a luxurious apartment in the Kremlin, but doubts about the glorious new Russia quickly surface. Misha realises that the secret police can do whatever they like. His own mother is arrested and sent to prison, but Misha and his father daren't complain. Then as German troops advance on Moscow, the atmosphere in the Kremlin ignites. Misha and a friend find themselves at the heart of a battle against the mighty state in this powerful evocation of one of the most turbulent places and periods of the 20th century, told by a master storyteller.

The Story of the First World War

The Story of the First World War

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

This is a fascinating account of one the most destructive conflicts the world has ever known, published in association with the Imperial War Museums. It looks at the causes of the war, its great battles and catastrophes, as well as how the war affected nations and people all over the world. It features pages that are brought to life through vivid illustrations and original photographs, as well as timelines, maps and fact boxes.

Pirate Attack

Pirate Attack

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2011

Joe's thrilled when Dan and his family invite him to join them on a sailing holiday in the Seychelles. But when some lost Somali pirates board the ship with AK-47s, he's the only one they don't notice - and the only one who can call for help - Thrilling adventure. Particularly suitable for dyslexic, relucatant and struggling readers.

Amazing World of Witches

Amazing World of Witches

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2009

Discover the weird and wonderful world of witches and warlocks down the centuries - the facts, the myths, the folk tales and the horrifying truths. This title features over 300 colour photographs and illustrations that include medieval drawings, step-by-step instructions, maps, and cross-section of a wizard's workshop. It provides lots of magical things to make and do with 12 step-by-step projects - including making masks and costumes, carving a Halloween pumpkin, and making charms and spell-bags. It offers fact-boxes and accessible information for home reference and school projects. This is a stimulating and enjoyable reference and activity book for 8- to 12 year-olds at home and school. Seek out the practice of magic around the world and through the ages, from the spirit-worship of ancient civilizations to the spells and potions of modern-day witches. To help you find out more about this magical world, there are 12 step-by-step projects to make learning fun and challenging. Fact-boxes and accessible information make this the perfect introduction to the subject: the book is ideal for home reference and school projects. Over 300 photographs and historic illustrations include medieval drawings, astrological symbols, step-by-step instructions, fine art paintings, maps, and cut-aways of the amazing inside view of the wizard's workshop.

Auslander

Auslander

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. Then German soldiers take him away to be measured and assessed. They decide that Peter is racially valuable. He is Volksdeutscher: of German blood. With his blond hair, blue eyes, and acceptably proportioned head, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler-Jugend poster. Someone important will want to adopt Peter. They do. Professor Kaltenbach is very pleased to welcome such a fine Aryan specimen to his household. People will be envious. But Peter is not quite the specimen they think. He is forming his own ideas about what he is seeing, what he is told. Peter doesn't want to be a Nazi, and so he is going to take a very dangerous risk. The most dangerous risk he could possibly choose to take in Berlin in 1942.

Powder Monkey The Adventures of Sam Witchall

Powder Monkey The Adventures of Sam Witchall

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2008

Sam is desperate to leave his sleepy Norfolk village and see the world. He seizes the chance to join a merchant ship, but soon discovers that a life at sea is harsh and often short, especially when his ship is attacked by a French privateer. About to be boarded, they fear all is lost, but the privateers are driven off by the appearance of a Royal Navy ship. Sam's relief is short-lived. Soon after, another Navy ship sends over a press gang, and he is forced to join the frigate Miranda. War with France and Spain is raging and Sam is caught in the middle with a dangerous job as a powder monkey in the company of a brutal crew. This is an amazingly well-researched adventure giving a glimpse of one boy's incredible life at sea.

The Roman Record

The Roman Record

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2006

Soak up the shocks, horrors and sensations of the greatest empire of the Ancient World. It's all in The Roman Record - a fresh and lively look at history, written and designed to look like a tabloid newspaper. 1200 years of history are covered, from Romulus and Remus to the fall of Rome. Wolf Boy Kills twin - then Founds City, Elephant Man in Mountain Breakout, Exploding Brain Kills Honeymoon Hun - these are just some of the stories you'll find in the Record. And don't miss the Record special features such as top tips for tourists in Rome, Senulas's Slave Spot, and Godshop - your essential guide to Rome's religions. Ages 9+

Stone Age Sentinel

Stone Age Sentinel

Author: Paul Dowswell, Fergus Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2005

Newspaper Histories The Medieval Messenger

Newspaper Histories The Medieval Messenger

Author: Paul Dowswell, Fergus Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2005

History Through Poetry: World War I

History Through Poetry: World War I

Author: Paul Dowswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2002

This book looks at the curriculum history of World War I, through a series of poems from the time. Each poem covers a different topic such as daily wartime living, life in the trenches and attitudes towards patriotism and religion. The backgrounds to each poem and poet is given, together with an explanation of what each poem is about. Features poems by Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, W.B. Yeats, A.A. Milne, John Freeman, Rupert Brooke, August Stramm, J.C. Squire, Madeline Ida Bedford, Marc de Larreguy de Civrieux and Wilfrid Gibson.

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