New book

Queen Victoria coverI’ve also got a new book out. Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude? is a collection of amusing historical myths and anecdotes. It’s full of fascinating stuff, and costs just a few pennies (and also some pounds). You can order a copy today, here!

The cover was designed by the very talented and charming Alex Demetris, whose website can be found at

PR update

Some exciting news concerning my latest book, How to Remove a Brain. Firstly, it’s been serialised in the Daily Mail, here: Can People Grow Horns? I should point out that I had no forewarning or input into the piece itself, so please forgive the prose.

Secondly, the book’s been given a very generous review by GP magazine Pulse Today, which can be found here. Fraser Ferguson, unquestionably one of the world’s finest book reviewers, writes:

“This rip roaring journey through the wonders of medical advancement misses little. The content is without doubt one of the funniest recaps of the great, good and unbelievable of medicine. 9/10″


Lady Godiva review

History In Review has given ‘The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva’ a very generous review, which you can find in full here.

“The long and short of it is, The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva is a jolly fun read that will delight even those who think that history is nothing more than a giant yawn. After reading this book, you’ll discover that there is a lot more to history than dates and memorization. The sections are short and pithy and are ideal for simply skipping around and reading any topic that happens to strike your fancy, or you can read it straight through. Either way, you are in for a treat. Not only will you find The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva to be an entertaining book, but also a painlessly educational one as well!”

US book launch!

June is likely to be a very busy month for me, as not only is ‘How to Remove a Brain’ being published in the UK, but I also have another book coming out in the US. This one is a collection of amusing, myth-busting stories from history, called ‘The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva’. This is the blurb from the back cover:

It is said that history is written by the winners. However, the “winners” aren’t always the best historians. Enter David Haviland, to set the record straight. In his quirky, inimitable style, Haviland separates fact from fiction regarding some of history’s most well-known people and events, such as:

  • Lady Godiva: By far, history’s most famous nudist equestrian. But how nude was she, really? And how did this same legend give rise to the term “Peeping Tom”?
  • The Boston Tea Party: What was the cause of this famous “party” that wasn’t really a party? (Hint: If you guessed a rise in taxes, you’re dead wrong!)
  • World War I: How did a directionally challenged chauffeur spark the Great War?
  • Queen Victoria: Nowadays, the word “Victorian” is synonymous with stuffy prudishness. But would a prude pose for a provocative portrait, or become “close” with a young Indian servant?

In The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva, Haviland untangles fallacy, farce, and misrepresentation of historic proportions. The end result is a wholly fascinating, highly educational compendium of historical folly that will entertain readers young and old!

This is now the fifth installment in this series of light-hearted trivia books, and it’s probably the one I’ve most enjoyed writing and researching. You can pre-order here.