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My first novel, The Straits of Treachery, is to be published by Allison & Busby in spring 2020.

I am a British author, historian and journalist. I have published three works of non-fiction and my first novel, The Straits of Treachery, a tale of derring-do set in Sicily in September 1810, will be published in spring 2020. I am now working on a sequel, under the working title The Restless Harbourset in Palermo 1811 and 1812. My journalism and book reviews have appeared in a number of publications.

Born in London in 1962, I was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, from where I graduated with an M.A. in Modern History. I was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1990.

My interests include architecture, the British countryside, art, politics, cricket, racing, springer spaniels and drinking wine.

I live in Dorset with my wife and two children.


A Reluctant Hero by Richard Hopton
Pistols at Dawn by Richard Hopton
The Battle of Maida 1806 by Richard Hopton
Richard Hopton

“Thoroughly absorbing history … Hopton’s prose races along, bringing to rich and detailed life the insanity and insouciance of this terrible sport.”
Daily Telegraph.

“Here may be all you need to know about duelling – from its origins, possibly in a challenge issued by the Holy Roman Emperor to the French King in 1528, to its fizzling out before the second world war.”
Financial Times.

“A fluent and entertaining history of the practice of duelling”
Times Literary Supplement.

“A learned, absorbing account of duelling”
Literary Review.

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