I am a British author, historian and journalist. I have published three works of non-fiction and am now working on a historical novel, under the working title The Straits of Treachery, a tale of derring-do set in Sicily in September 1810. 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.
“Thoroughly absorbing history … Hopton’s prose races along, bringing to rich and detailed life the insanity and insouciance of this terrible sport.”
“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.”
“A fluent and entertaining history of the practice of duelling”
Times Literary Supplement.
“A learned, absorbing account of duelling”