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Peter Duff Hart-Davis (born June 3, 1936)[1], generally known as Duff Hart-Davis, is a British biographer, naturalist and journalist, who writes for the The Independent newspaper. He is married to Phyllida Barstow and has one son and one daughter. He lives at Owlpen, in Gloucestershire.

He is the eldest son of the publisher Rupert Hart-Davis and the brother of television broadcaster and author Adam Hart-Davis and Bridget, the dowager Lady Silsoe. His biography of his godfather, the adventurer and writer Peter Fleming, entitled Peter Fleming: A Biography, was published in 1974.

He is a direct descendant of King William IV and his mistress Dorothea Jordan and is therefore fifth cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II, second cousin once removed of the Conservative party leader David Cameron and first cousin once removed of the historian John Julius Norwich.




  • Behind the Scenes on a Newspaper (1964)
  • Ascension: The Story of a South Atlantic Island (1972) ISBN 0-385-00314-5
  • Peter Fleming: A Biography (1974) ISBN 0-224-01028-X
  • Monarchs of the Glen: A History of Deer-Stalking in the Scottish Highlands (1978) ISBN 0-224-01463-3
  • Fighter Pilot (1981), co-written with Colin Strong
  • Hitler's Games: The 1936 Olympics (1986) ISBN 0-06-015554-X
  • Armada (1988) ISBN 0-593-01231-3
  • Country Matters (1988)
  • House the Berrys Built (1990) Concerns the history of the Daily Telegraph from its inception to 1990. Illustrated with references and illustrations of William Ewart Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose (later called Lord Camrose). [2]
  • Wildings: The Secret Garden of Eileen Soper (1991)
  • Further Country Matters (1992) ISBN 1-85310-323-3
  • When the Country Went to Town: The Countryside Marches and Rally of 1997 (1997)
  • Raoul Millais: His Life and Work (1998) ISBN 1-85310-977-0
  • Fauna Britannica: The Practical Guide to Wild & Domestic Creatures of Britain (2002) ISBN 0-297-82532-1
  • Audubon's Elephant: America’s Greatest Naturalist and the Making of the Birds of America (2003) ISBN 0-8050-7568-2
  • Honorary Tiger: The Life of Billy Arjan Singh (2005) ISBN 81-7436-405-6


  • The Megacull (1968) ISBN 0-09-455760-8
  • Gold of St. Matthew (1970) ISBN 0-09-456890-1 Published in the U.S. as "Gold trackers" (1970)
  • Spider in the Morning (1972) ISBN 0-09-458610-1
  • The Heights of Rimring (1980) ISBN 0-224-01837-X Republished in "Mammoth book of spy thrillers", ed. John Winwood (1989) ISBN 0-88184-481-0
  • Level Five (1982) ISBN 0-224-01828-0
  • Fire Falcon (1983) ISBN 0-224-02080-3
  • The Man-Eater of Jassapur (1985) ISBN 0-224-02995-9
  • Horses of War (1991) ISBN 1-85619-062-5

As editor

  • End of an era : letters and journals of Sir Alan Lascelles, 1887-1920 (1986) ISBN 0-241-11960-X
  • In Royal Service: Letters and Journals of Sir Alan Lascelles, Vol. 2, 1920–36 (1989)
  • Eileen Soper's Book of Badgers (1992)
  • Pavilions of Splendour: An Architectural History of Lord's‎ (2004)
  • King's Counsellor Abdication and War: the Diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles (2006)


  1. ^ Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2001.
  2. ^ From a copy of book published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1990 with ISBN 0 340 52526 6

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