English novelist, nonfiction writer, and presenter of history-themed television programs. He became known for his work on World War II military history.
His early publications include Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege 1940-43 and the novel The Burning Blue.
He helped establish an event called the Chalke Valley History Festival.
He has two daughters with his wife Rachel. His brother, Tom Holland, also had a career as a historical writer.
He and fellow British historian Ian Kershaw both became known for their work on the Second World War era.