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Max Adams is an archaeologist, historian and traveller, the author of eight books and numerous articles and journal papers. Born in 1961 in London, he was educated at the University of York, where he read archaeology. After a professional career which included the notorious excavations at Christchurch Spitalfields, and several years as Director of Archaeological Services at Durham University, Max went to live in a 40-acre woodland in County Durham for three years. He wrote and presented two feature documentaries for Tyne-Tees Television and made thirty short films as the 'Landscape Detective'.
In 2003 he won a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to research the life of Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, which led to his first biographical project. He was awarded an Elizabeth Longford Award in 2005 to support research into the life and times of the painter John Martin; and in 2014 he was given a Roger Deakin Award to support the research for In the Land of Giants.
Since 2004 he has mixed writing with travelling and teaching. He was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Newcastle from 2010-2013. He is now a Consultant Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund.
Max is Co-Director of Research of the Bernician Studies Group, a lifelong learning charity, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Classics, History and Archaeology at Newcastle University. He holds a PGCE from the University of Sunderland. His research interests include Northumbria's ancient woodlands and the Early Medieval landscapes of the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal.
The Ambulist (May 2016) is his debut novel, published by Beat&track.
Max has a son, Jack, and a daughter, Flora. He lives on the north-west edge of County Durham, where he manages two woodlands. Max is also a musician, playing drums, harmonicas, Appalachian dulcimer and low-key whistle.
His next book will be Alfred's Britain: War and peace in the Viking Age, published by Head of Zeus in 2017.
Max's agent is Ian Drury at Sheil Land.