About Mark


Author & Historian

Mark Felton Author & Historian

Dr. Mark Felton is the author of several acclaimed books, including the recent hit Zero Night (“The story of the greatest escape of World War II has been told for the first time” – Daily Mail)  and Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini’s Colditz, both of which are currently being made into movies in Hollywood.


Japan’s Gestapo was voted ‘Best Book of 2009’ in The Japan Times, link, and other works have been used as the basis of television and radio  documentaries in Britain, the United States and Europe.
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Mark and his books have both been the subject of numerous newspaper features, including The Times, The Daily Mail, The Independent and many other daily UK nationals. Mark’s books have also featured in many famous international newspapers, including The New York Post, Wall Street Journal, The Australian, New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. Mark is also in demand on the radio, appearing recently on The Jeremy Vine Show and the Mark Forrest Show, both on BBC Radio, among many others.

Mark appears regularly in television documentaries, including the 10-part Discovery Channel/American Heroes Channel series ‘Evolution of Evil‘ (watch here: CLICK)  and Discovery’sMad Science: Nazi Killer Bugs‘ (trailer here: CLICK) as well as The History Channel’s new 8-part series Combat Trains (trailer here: CLICK). He also appeared in several episodes of Top Tens of Warfare on Quest.

Dr. Mark Felton

Mark most recently appeared in the National Geographic documentary series World War Weird, presented by Dr. Sam Willis and La Bete D’acier (The Beast of Steel) on French channel RMC Decouverte.

Hear Mark in a fascinating BBC Radio documentary based on Zero NightThree Minutes of Mayhem.


Born in Colchester in 1974, Mark gained his PhD at the University of Essex where he lectured in history before spending nearly a decade teaching in Shanghai, latterly at one of China’s most prestigious colleges, Fudan University. He also organised the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for Eastern China, and was an education instructor for the Peoples’ Liberation Army.

Mark was involved with many historical and World War II commemorative projects in association with the British Government and Ministry of Defence including his discovery of the lost graves of four British servicemen killed in Shanghai by the Japanese in 1937, a story which hit the headlines around the world. See the BBC News report here: British Soldiers’ Lost Graves in Shanghai Found

British soldiers’ graves honoured in Shanghai cemetery

In 2016 Mark was made a Companion of the Naval Order of the United States. As well as being published in the UK, US, Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand, several of Mark’s books have been translated and published in Brazil, The Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Romania.

Mark lives in Norwich with his wife and son.

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2 thoughts on “About Mark”

  1. Hello Mark…Owen Tudor Boyd,s Wellington T2873 was not shot
    down by Italian fighters based at Cosimo. It reached the vicinity
    of Malta which was covered in cloud & the crew failed to locate the island.They had a gentle tail wind & probably overshot by about 15 miles.The skipper turned towards Sicily.As they approached the skies cleared.At this point they could have turned back under the clouds towards Malta.Had they done this they would have ditched in the sea as they were very low on fuel.Boyd opted for land .T2873 made a forced landing near Roveto in open rough country.There was just enough fuel to
    fire the aircraft.Fighters from Comiso may have helped to locate the aircraft.They were taken prisoner fairly quickly by the Italian Navy based at Marzamemi or Tonnary di Vendicari?
    William Watson….son of navigator T2873

    1. Hi William. Thanks for getting in touch. I based my version on Flight Lieutenant John Leeming’s (AVM Boyd’s ADC) detailed description in his book – I guess he was not fully aware of all the facts himself during the confusion of coming down. Other sources were contemporary newspaper coverage and some further research by aviation historians. I’ll pass along this new information. Many thanks, Mark.

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