Desmond Seward biography
Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Ampleforth and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of many books including The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders, The Hundred Years War, The Wars of the Roses, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry V as Warlord, Josephus, Masada and the Fall of Judaea (da Capo, US, April 2009), Wings over the Desert: in action with an RFC pilot in Palestine 1916-18 (Haynes Military, July 2009) and Old Puglia: A Portrait of South Eastern Italy (Haus August 2009). Forthcoming is The Last White Rose: the Spectre at the Tudor Court 1485-1547 (Constable, summer 2010).'
How I Found the Agency
Andrew Lownie was recommended to me by my translations agent (who did not handle English langauage rights). What I liked at our first meeting was his stating precisely what he could do and what he couldn't, when offering to help replan my writing career. How the author-agent relationship works between us in practise is a carefully considered approval or rejection of subjects I may suggest, then help with shaping my proposal to the publisher - and a firm refusal to submit them if he feels it doesn't do justice to what I have in mind, while explaining why. During a long career, I have never known an agent take such trouble.