Stephen Dando-Collins is the award-winning author of 45 books, including children’s novels and biographies.

The majority of his works deal with military history ranging from Greek and Roman times to American 19th century history and World War I and World War II. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and several are required reading on university history courses.

Considered an authority on the legions of ancient Rome, his most recent work on the subject, 2012’s Legions of Rome, was the culmination of decades of research into the individual legions of Rome. With all his books, Dando-Collins aims to travel roads that others have not, unearthing new facts and opening new perspectives on often forgotten or overlooked people and aspects of history.


Born in Launceston, Tasmania, he has a background in advertising, marketing and market research, working in Australia and England, before becoming a full-time author in 1996.

At the age of 19 he co-founded the Van Diemen Light Railway Society, which went on to establish the Don River Railway, one of Australia’s largest steam preservation railways.

In 2014, Stephen and his wife Louise founded the Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words in Stephen’s home state of Tasmania. With 82 authors on the program, it was Tasmania’s largest ever writers festival and one of the largest in regional Australia. It continues today as the Tamar Valley Writers Festival.

Stephen and wife Louise, a fellow author, live in a former nunnery in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. Stephen’s latest books, his 44th and 45th, are Conquering Jerusalem (Turner, US, July, 2021), and Constantine at the Bridge (Turner, US, November, 2021).

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