John Wilson

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Location: Lantzville, BC, Canada

A lifelong passion for history and a fascination with the past—WWI in particular—have led to over 40 historical novels and non-fiction books for kids, teens and adults.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The day!

Photo taken about 30 seconds before Princip fired!
I won't say happy anniversary to everyone, but this is 100 years since the long bloody slide into our world began. Find out some details about it here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

100 years ago today.

Happier days? Not with a corset like that!
Only two days to go to the assassination in Sarajevo! How did Franz and Sophie spend today?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wings of War

Author's copies arrived yesterday. Wings of War, Book I in the Tales of War series.
Saskatchewan, 1914—Edward Simpson's uncle builds airplanes in his barn. In exchange for help, he teaches Edward to fly, but as the boy's passion for flight grows, the world is descending into the chaos and horror of the First World War.
"Wilson writes eloquently about one boy's love of flight and his dream of flying…thoroughly engaging. A fine, old-fashioned-feeling coming-of-age tale set in the World War I skies." Kirkus Review
In bookstores everywhere from June 24 (four days before the 100th anniversary of those two shots on that Sarajevo morning), and available for pre-order from,, and  in paperback or eBook.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

smell the flowers

A new WWI post. Before there were poppies, there were roses.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

100 Years On—The Great War. 

A new blog for everyone interested in our past. The first post, 'Looking forward to summer' is now up. I won't post every day, but I'll cover the big stuff—and some small stuff that you might not know. Enjoy and spread the word.