Recent titles

Recent titles

Angus is the author of over sixty books. Recent titles include, There was a Soldier (selected as Waterstone's Scottish Book of the Month for June 2009), the critically acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea, Piracy: The Complete History, and Blackbeard, his well-received biography of the notorious pirate.

Available for articles, quotes, lectures & seminars

Speaking engagements

Angus is available for lectures and speaking engagements. These have taken him all over the world, blah lorum blah ipsum, piracy, parrots & powder.

Blackbeard's Last Fight

Recent release

Blackbeard's Last Fight: Pirate Hunting in North Carolina, 1718

This book tells the dramatic story of the operation mounted to rid the world of Edward Teach, the notorious pirate in the Americas infamously known as Blackbeard.

Angus' Archive

Dan Snow's History Hit


Dan Snow interviews Angus Konstam

I was recently interviewed by Dan Snow for his superb History Hit website. 

Discussing 'Jutland 1916', the result is available as a podcast or on line here -

Regarding the picture; I like to think that Dan is really close & I am far away.

Jutland Book Launch Events


30 May, 7pm  Jutland 1916 - Book Launch  
The Orcadian Bookshop, Albert Street, Kirkwall 

14 May, 6.30pm  Jutland 1916  - Book Event 
Blackwells, South Bridge, Edinburgh

Come along, it will be nice to see you!

Jutland 1916


A news update has been a long time coming but my new title: 'Jutland 1916, Twelve Hours to Win the War', is released through Aurum Press on May 19th. The story of a swift and brutal battle that had the most profound consequences for the course of the Great War.

Argos, Peritas, Gelert, Greyfriars Bobby...


grrrrr woof!Meet Ellie - the new addition to the Konstam household. Just eight weeks old, and chewing everything in sight...

Bismark Owner's Manual Released


Bismark Owner's ManualWhat do you get the man who recieved the pride of the German Navy in his Christmas stocking?
A Haynes Owner's Manual.

The anatomy of the Bismarck is examined in detail, including her construction, armoured protection, propulsion, weaponry, gunnery direction, the bridge, sensors, steering and crew quarters. Life on board is described and a final chapter reviews Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck of the Bismarck. More than 200 archive photographs.

Edinburgh International Book Festival


Angus will be appearing at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival, held in Edinburgh's Charlotte Square this August. He'll be speaking alongside historian Michael Fry, where the two will discuss their latest Scottish history books - Bannockburn and A New Race of Men

The event is called Using the Past to Glimpse the Future, and both historians will argue that the periods covered in their books defined Scotland a nation. That idea of nationhood is now being put to the test, and so the events of the past are supremely relevant to Scots as they try to define their own national sense of identity. Interestingly Michael is an advocate of Scottish independence, while Angus prefers Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. While the two are unlikely to come to blows, it does promise to be a lively debate! 

Using the Past to Glimpse the Future begins at 4pm on Wednesday 20th August, in the RBS Garden Theatre. 

Tickets are available from the EIBF Box Office -  or (0845) 373-5888

Bannockburn release date


Bannockburn has a release date of May 15th 2014. The publisher is Aurum Press and the title can be pre-ordered at all good book shops.

Angus at the Movies?


Blackbeard's flag

Angus is also having discussions about another book, this time on the technological and moral aspects of modern warfare.

Also, a major Holywood film production company is incontact with Angus and his agent, as they want to use Blackbeard as the historical basis for a motion picture.

Watch this space for more details.

International History Festival Appearance



Angus will be appearing at the International History Festival (Festival Internazionale della Storia), in Gorzia, Italy, on 24-26th May 2013. There he’ll be talking about piracy, and taking part in panel discussions covering the general theme of bandits, rogues and pirates. For more details visit the Festivals facebook link

Deal with Haynes Manuals


Haynes Historical Manual

Angus is about to sign a new book deal with Haynes, a publisher best known for their “how to” manuals for car owners. They recently launched a historical series, and Angus will be writing one about a very famous ship. More details once the deal is signed!