Max, former Director of Archaeological Services at Durham University, is a widely-published archaeologist, historian, traveller and woodsman. He is also the biographer of Admiral Collingwood and of the artist John Martin (The Prometheans - a Guardian Book of the Week in 2009). His book The King in the North was Tom Holland’s Book of the Year in History Today for 2013. The Wisdom of Trees, was published in 2014 and he is currently planning ten journeys through the landscapes of Dark Age Britain for a commissioned project In the Land of Giants.
Max is a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow and consultant with the Royal Literary Fund. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle, a winner of the Elizabeth Longford Award for biography and of a Roger Deakin Award. He is co-convener of the Bernician Studies Group. His television credits include Heroes of the Revolution (Dan Elliott 2004); Trafalgar’s Lost Hero (Betty Bage 2003) as writer and presenter; Just Men (Liz Treadway 2005) and a string of shorts for Tyne-Tees Television, also as writer, presenter and associate producer. He directed and produced the 2009 short film Making Links for Creative Partnerships.
Review of In the Land of Giants in the Irish Times