Taylor Downing

Taylor Downing is a writer, historian and television producer. He has written several best selling books and has produced more than 200 television documentaries many of which have won Awards.


Taylor's latest book Breakdown: The Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme was picked out by The Times as a 'Must Read' book of 2016. Published by Little Brown last April, the book has received several superb reviews and there were features on the book in both the Telegraph and Mail on Saturday16 April. 


Breakdown is now out as an Abacus paperback.

Taylor interviewed for Centenary News:


Taylor at Meet the Author event at Imperial War Museum on Friday 8 April 2016:


Taylor interviewed on CNN International once again by Christiane Amanpour on the evening of Election Day to discuss the 70th anniversary of VE Day:


In 2015 Taylor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Fellows are elected because of their 'original contribution to historical scholarship'. Taylor said he was 'flattered and delighted' to become a Fellow of the RHS:


Taylor gave a Special talk at Bletchley Park in summer 2015:


Taylor's previous book Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War was published by Little, Brown in May 2014 (hardback) and also in paperback:


Taylor provides historical background to Christiane Amanpour for CNN International's coverage of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Shown across Europe, Asia and Africa. See:


Read Taylor as Guest Blogger for the Imperial War Museum:


Night Raid: The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII is now available in Hardback and as an Electronic book

The World at War is now available: The landmark documentary series The World at War remains the most influential and renowned history programme ever produced by British television. Taylor Downing's book traces how the series came about and looks at it in the context of the development of History programming on Television in Britain.

Spies in the Sky is now available in Paperback

Spies in the Sky was short-listed for the prestigious Royal United Services Institute/Duke of Westminster Award for Military Literature. The other books short-listed were All Hell Let Lose by Max Hastings, The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army by Gary Sheffield, George Kennan by John Gaddis and With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 by David Stevenson. At a ceremony in July 2012 the Award was given to Sir Max Hastings. Taylor was delighted to be short-listed with such a group of  distinguished historians.


Video links:

Taylor on Churchill's War Lab


Other video links on the Television page

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