James Holland


An award-winning historian, renowned writer, and instantly recognisable broadcaster, James Holland is a hugely respected and revered personality within the world of education and literature. The author of several best-selling history books including Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, and most recently, The War in the West, Holland has also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner novels.

Along with his phenomenal exploits as an author, the extremely talent James Holland has also presented and written a large number of television programmes and series, including Channel 4’s primetime Battle of Britain: Model Squadron and the BBC’s Battle of Britain: The Real Story. All proving to be incredibly popular among views, Holland’s work and intellect are second to none making him a fascinating after-dinner speaker that is available to hire for events, dinners and functions across the UK.

As the Chair and co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival, the largest festival in the UK that is solely dedicated to history, it’s no surprise that James graduated from Durham University with a degree in history. James Holland has written extensively about military history, namely the Second World War. With an ability to bring pages to life and old footage into existence, Holland is simply a genius that allows viewers, the public and guests at events to come as close as possible to experiencing times gone by.

One of the main figures behind the fascinating and breath-taking production of Hunting Hitler that captured the nation, Holland’s intellectual and creative style have regularly heralded great praise and respect from his colleagues and the public. An engaging and captivating speaker that expertly captures both the attention and imagination of guests at events, James Holland draws upon all of his expertise and knowledge in addition to the presentational skills he has cultured through his many exploits enabling him to make polished and esteemed presentations that take guests on an enchanting journey into the past.

A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines and appears on national radio. The wonderfully gifted James Holland is the ideal personality to share tales about the Second World War that had such an impact upon the world today as well as being able to provide greater knowledge about one of the world’s most maverick and Machiavellian individuals, Adolf Hitler. Be sure to hire James Holland as an after-dinner speaker for a spectacular experience.

To book James Holland to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, James is known to cover the following topics:

  • Historical Figures
  • Hunting Hitler
  • History
  • TV & Broadcasting