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Hello I'm Adam Hart-Davis.

I am a freelance writer and photographer, and I do some broadcasting on radio and television. I like working from home, often with a cat helping on my desk, while I look out over the garden, hoping for inspiration. When I have to travel I like to do it by bike and train. To find out more about me and what I do, use the links above.


Recent projects and things in the pipeline.....


I have just finished writing a book about string, to be published in the string, sorry, spring. String: Unravel the Secrets of a Little Ball of Twine can be pre-ordered now on


My latest television series - How Britain was Built - will be broadcast on the History Channel from 26 January 2009. This covers four cities - Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol, and Newcastle, and looks at some of the extraordinary buildings and other artefacts, plus of course the stories behind them - some more believable than others. Near Edinburgh I painted the Forth Bridge; in Liverpool I rang the heaviest hanging bell in the world; in Bristol I found out how America got its name; and in Newcastle I rode on not only a tank but also Locomotion, a replica of one of George Stephenson's engines.


In October 2008 I presented a programme about Dr Beeching and the railways, which was broadcast on BBC North.


The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide, was published in 2007 and the BBC2 series of the same name ran for six weeks from Tuesday 7th August. See my TV and Books pages for more details.


I also acted as editorial consultant for the vast new history book published by Dorling Kindersley. Full details can be found on my Books page. There's also a review from The Times and an article I've written regarding the book in Local History Magazine.


My series How London was built was shown on ITV London in 2006 and repeated on the History Channel. See my TV page for further details.


I have two other books that have recently been published - Just Another Day and Taking the Piss. See my Books page for more details.


I write frequent articles for newspapers and magazines; many are printed on my Articles page and also fronted the HMRC 'Tax doesn't have to be taxing campaign'. I was fired by HMRC in January 2008, and my place was taken by the much sexier Moira Stuart.


Are you a budding Inventor?

I’m not an inventor and I have no mechanism for helping inventors.  If you need help with patenting please approach the Patent Office.  Or if you want advice and information about developing ideas, why not approach



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This page last updated on 9 January 2009