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About the Author: Dominic Selwood

Dominic Selwood's latest book, THE APOCALYPSE FIRE (Book 2 of the Ava Curzon Trilogy), is out now! Check out the videos for an author reading.


Dominic Selwood is the author of the international #1 bestseller THE SWORD OF MOSES (Book 1 of the Ava Curzon Trilogy), voted one of the top five religious thrillers of all time by

He is passionate about everything historical.

He writes on history for the Daily Telegraph, and contributes to the Spectator and other national and international magazines.

He regularly appears on television and radio talking about history.

He studied and researched at university in Oxford, Paris (the Sorbonne), London, Poitiers, and Wales, and has taught and lectured on warfare, religion, the crusades, heresy, and all the fun stuff.

He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a former criminal barrister, has lived in Europe and the Middle East, and now lives in London with his wife and two children.

His first Ava Curzon book, The Sword of Moses, is an international number one best seller.

His history books include Knights of the Cloister, which is a study of the medieval Knights Templar and Knights of Saint John, and Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers, an international #1 bestseller debunking historical myths.

He is also the author of two ghost stories, The Voivod and Suffer the Children.

Follow him @dominicselwood and his website is


“Dr Ava Curzon is Lara Croft meets Evelyn Salt - the first real challenger to Dan Brown's Robert Langdon.” “Rollercoaster crypto-thriller … a ride that thrills and educates … move over Lara Croft!” (Daily Express – Five Star – Pick of the Week)

THE SWORD OF MOSES (2013). In this # 1 international bestseller, former MI6 agent turned archaeologist Dr Ava Curzon is engaged by American intelligence to track down an African militia claiming to hold the Ark of the Covenant. Her breakneck descent into the shadowy realm of dark biblical texts hurls her across continents and deep into the opaque worlds of the Knights Templar and neo-Nazis, pushing her mentally and physically to the limits.

THE APOCALYPSE FIRE (2016), the sequel, was released on October 2016. The stakes don’t get any higher. Dr Ava Curzon returns in the breathtaking sequel to bestselling thriller, The Sword of Moses. When the Turin Shroud is stolen in a violent assault, archaeologist and former spy Dr Ava Curzon is plunged into a desperate struggle against the leader of an apocalyptic Russian cult. Recruited by the UK’s clandestine MI13 intelligence agency – and aided by the Vatican’s security division and her former colleague, Ferguson – Ava is sucked into a world of dark extremism and Biblical secrets. As the chase catapults her from London to the Vatican, Paris and Jerusalem, she must unravel the mysteries of an ancient icon belonging to the shadowy Order of Malta. With time running out, and military violence in the Middle East the price of failure, the world stands on the brink …


These two stories, THE VOIVOD (2015) and SUFFER THE CHILDREN (2015) are inspired by the old antiquarian ghost stories of writers like M R James, which I have loved since childhood. They have an ‘old England’ feel to them: a world of quiet bookishness in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The protagonists explore libraries in country houses or go on solitary holidays, only for the calm to be shattered by awful and terrible events.


I also write history books.

International #1 bestseller. “Dares to break rank and expose lies, debunk myths and set the record straight … enjoyable, controversial and compelling …” (Medievalists). With a breath-taking sweep spanning Rome to the modern day, popular historian and author Dominic Selwood challenges the tradi

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Paperback, Published in Jan 2016 by Crux Publishing

ISBN10: 1909979341 | ISBN13: 9781909979345

Page count: 286

Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers unveils the history you were never taught at school. With a breath-taking sweep spanning Rome to the modern day, popular historian and author Dominic Selwood challenges the traditional version of some of the best-known events of the past.
From ancient Christianity to the voyages of Columbus, and from the medieval Crusades to ISIS and the modern Middle East, this book debunks dozens of historical myths.
You will learn that:
– Magna Carta was an infamous failure in medieval times
– Richard the Lionheart was a cruel and dreadful king
– The Knights Templar were heretical, and have left a genuinely baffling mystery
– The painter of the Turin Shroud was found in the 1300s
– Christopher Columbus never saw America
– The first computer coder was a woman, a century before Alan Turing
– The man who unleashed mustard gas in the World War One trenches won the Nobel Prize for chemistry
– One incredible Spanish spy saved D-Day
... and lots more. This book will challenge everything you think you know about history!

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