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Nigel Cawthorne (born 27 March 1951 in Wolverhampton) is a British writer of fiction and non-fiction, and an editor.

According to Cawthorne's website, he has written more than 150 books on a wide range of subjects.[1] He also contributed to The Guardian, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail, and the New-York Tribune.[2] He has appeared on television and BBC Radio 4's Today programme.[citation needed]



Prisoner of War series

  • The Bamboo Cage: The Full Story of the American Servicemen Still Missing in Vietnam, 1991[3]
  • The Iron Cage

Sex Lives series

  • Sex Lives of the Popes
  • Sex Lives of the US Presidents
  • Sex Lives of the Great Dictators
  • Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England
  • Sex Lives of the Hollywood Goddesses
  • Sex Lives of the Hollywood Goddesses 2
  • Sex Lives of the Hollywood Idols
  • Sex Lives of the Great Artists
  • Sex Lives of the Great Composers
  • Sex Lives of the Famous Gays
  • Sex Lives of the Famous Lesbians
  • Sex Lives of the Roman Emperors

Old England series

  • Strange Laws of Old England
  • Curious Cures of Old England
  • Amorous Antics of Old England
  • Sex Secrets of Old England

The Art of series

  • The Art of Japanese Prints
  • The Art of India
  • The Art of Native North America
  • The Art of the Aztecs
  • The Art of Icons
  • The Art of Frescoes

Mammoth Books

  • The Mammoth Book of New CSI
  • The Mammoth Book of Inside the Elite Forces
  • The Mammoth Book of Sex Scandals

Brief Histories

  • A Brief Guide to James Bond
  • A Brief Guide to Jeeves and Wooster
  • A Brief Guide to Sherlock Holmes
  • A Brief History of Robin Hood

Complete Illustrated Encyclopedias

  • The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Lancaster Bomber: The history of Britain's greatest night bomber of World War II, with more than 275 photographs
  • The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Spitfire: The history of Britain's most iconic aircraft of World War II, with more than 250 photographs


  • Against Their Will: Sadistic Kidnappers and the Courageous Stories of Their Innocent Victims
  • Serial Killers and Mass Murderers: Profiles of the World's Most Barbaric Criminals
  • Mafia: The History of the Mob
  • Tyrants: History's 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators
  • Tesla vs Edison: The Life-Long Feud That Electrified The World
  • Tesla: The Life and Times of an Electric Messiah
  • Jack the Ripper's Secret Confession
  • Shipwrecks
  • The Story of the SS: Hitler's Infamous Legions of Death
  • Public Executions: From Ancient Rome to the Present Day
  • Confirmed Kill: Heroic Sniper Stories from the Jungles of Vietnam to the Mountains of Afghanistan
  • Heroes: The True Stories Behind Every VC Winner Since World War II
  • The World's Worst Atrocities (World's Greatest)
  • Reaping the Whirlwind: Personal Accounts of the German, Japanese and Italian Experiences of WW II
  • The New Look: The Dior Revolution
  • Pirates: An Illustrated History
  • Stalin: The Murderous Career of the Red Tsar
  • The "Who": And the Making of "Tommy" (Vinyl Frontier)
  • Satanic Murder: Chilling True Stories of Sacrificial Slaughter (Virgin)
  • The World's Most Evil Gangsters
  • Victory: 100 Great Military Commanders
  • Stalin's Crimes: The Murderous Career of the Red Tsar
  • Blitzkrieg: Hitler's Masterplan for the Conquest of Europe
  • History's Greatest Battles: Masterstrokes of War
  • Special Forces: War on Terror
  • Warrior Elite: 31 Heroic Special-Ops Missions from the Raid on Son Tay to the Killing of Osama bin Laden
  • World at War (Picture This)
  • Canine Commandos: The Heroism, Devotion, and Sacrifice of Dogs in War
  • Pirates of the 21st Century: How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans
  • A History of Pirates: Blood and Thunder on the High Seas
  • Alexander the Great (Life&Times)
  • Flight MH370: The Mystery


  1. ^ "",, retrieved 13 May 2014[non-primary source needed]
  2. ^ Charles, Alexander (10 June 2010). "Who's behind the Times". Between the Lines. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2014 – via HighBeam Research.
  3. ^ "Cawthorne, Nigel 1951–". Contemporary Authors. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2010 – via HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ "Takin' Back My Name – The Confessions of Ike Turner".