the website for author Max Adams
Max Adams is a critically-acclaimed biographer, archaeologist, traveller and writing coach who lives in North-east England. His journeys through the landscapes of the past and the present, of human geography, music, art and culture are a continuing source of inspiration.
Everything connects, so on this site you will find articles on why archaeologists understand the banking collapse (Only time will tell), blogs of travelling adventures, bits and pieces on music and art as well as excerpts and updates from recent and forthcoming books and notes from selected courses. There are short stories, poems, some thoughts on trees and various ideas and inspirations.
See the Writing Coach page for information on skills and tutoring schemes for writers.
Use the Amazon link to see Adams’s author page and find out which books are available. Highlight tags on the left of the screen for links to individual pages.. and then go and buy the books through a real bookshop paying real tax on its corporate earnings.
STOP PRESS: World rights to Adams’s new book The King in the North, a biography of the Northumbrian warrior-king and saint Oswald Whiteblade, have been acquired by Head of Zeus. The hardback will be published in Summer 2013 to coincide with the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North-east.
STOP PRESS 2: Hot on the heals of the Oswald biography, Head of Zeus have commissioned Max to write a book called The Wisdom of Trees, to be released for Christmas 2014. It will be an anecdotal romp through natural history, woodsmanship, landscape and things to do when you’re out and about among the trees.
…of The Prometheans
‘…succeeds brilliantly as a biography of a family and place. Writing of an age before rigid disciplinary boundaries, Adams illuminates the links between a generation of artistic and scientific visionaries’ James Grande, Independent on Sunday.
‘An intriguing look at the impact on Britain of the first industrial revolution… fascinating… wonderfully eclectic’ The Good Book Guide.
‘Max Adams has undertaken something new in The Prometheans; he has done it dazzlingly’ Miranda Seymour, Guardian Book of the Week.
… and of Collingwood…
In his hugely attractive portrait of a fellow Geordie, Max Adams not
only does justice to someone generally consigned to the shadows by
Nelson’s dazzling genius, but usefully places Trafalgar within a naval
strategy whose overriding purpose was to confine Napoleon and his allies to
dry land. In other words, the war could not be won at sea, but it might
well have been lost. Andro Linklater, The Spectator
It’s said that the past is a foreign country: that they do things differently there…
Adams believes that’s wrong: he thinks the past is our neighbour; we should get to know it better, find out what it’s been up to all this time.