Max Adams

Novelist, Non-fiction writer


Max Adams was born in London in 1961. In a varied career as an archaeologist, woodsman and broadcaster he has explored themes of landscape, knowledge and human connectedness with the earth. His first major work Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s own hero was published in 2005. His group biography of the maverick artist John Martin and his circle The Prometheans was published in 2010 by Quercus and was a Guardian book of the week.

He has published many articles in both popular magazines and academic journals and written and presented a number of documentaries. His latest biography The King in the North is published by Head of Zeus and was Tom Holland’s book of the year in History Today. His latest book is The Wisdom of Trees, and Max is now working on a series of Dark Age journeys.

A Consultant Fellow for the RLF, he specialises in working with sportspeople and athletes to develop their writing skills and sits on the RLF’s higher education panel. He has lived and worked in North-east England since 1993.

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Max Adams

Novelist, Non-fiction writer


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  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010–2013