Iain Gale

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Iain Gale
Born Iain Gale
London, England
Occupation Writer, editor, art critic
Nationality British
Genre Historical novel, historical fiction
Children 3

Iain Gale is a journalist and author born in 1959, who writes military novels. His book Four Days in June, about the Battle of Waterloo, was well received and acclaimed by Bernard Cornwell.[1] He is also the writer of eleven non-fiction books.

Biography and career[edit]

Iain Gale was born in 1959 in central London, to Scottish parents. His father was the political cartoonist, George Gale. He grew up in Ham, near Richmond, London, and was educated at St Paul's School, London, and Edinburgh University. He was deputy art critic of The Independent from 1990 to 1996, and art critic for Scotland on Sunday for twelve years from 1996 to 2008. He is currently the editor of the National Trust for Scotland magazine.[2] He is married to an Edinburgh GP: between them they have six children. They divide their time between Edinburgh and Fife.[3]


Following a series of non-fiction books, Gale published his first novel, the well received Four Days in June, about the Battle of Waterloo, in 2006. He followed this with a series of three books featuring the character Jack Steel, set during the campaigns of the Duke of Marlborough. In 2009 he published Alamein, about the Second Battle of El Alamein, which like Four Days in June was based largely on the experiences of real-life participants. More recently he has published two novels in a projected Second World War series featuring the character Peter Lamb and his men; and another four in a Napoleonic Wars series featuring a band of roguish scouting officers led by Captain James Keane.





Jack Steel
Peter Lamb


  1. ^ "Four Days in June". Authors G – Iain Gale. FantasticFiction. 
  2. ^ "Iain Gale". Author Profile. HarperCollins. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Iain Gale". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 11 May 2013.