Adam Staten

Biography

Adam Staten’s debut novel Steadfast: Brothers in Arms was published by Sharpe Books in 2023. The novel draws inspiration from Adam’s experiences serving in the British Army in Afghanistan in 2012. The first book in his trilogy about the adventures of Cadman, an Anglo-Saxon warrior, is due for publication later this year, also with Sharpe Books. Cadman’s story begins in the years before the Norman Conquest and follows his life in the aftermath of 1066.

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After studying medicine at Cambridge University and King’s College London, Adam joined the British Army as a doctor. Having passed through the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he deployed to Afghanistan alongside the Grenadier Guards and the Royal Welch Fusiliers as part of the NATO led International Security Assistance Force. There, he commanded a small medical unit providing front line battlefield care in the highly kinetic Nahr-e Saraj district.

In 2013, he returned to the National Health Service to complete his medical training and now works as a General Practitioner whilst indulging his passion for all things historical.

His non-fiction writing focusses on occupational burnout in the medical profession and is published by Taylor & Francis. He is also the editor of a major medical textbook that is used by General Practitioners and Family Physicians around the world. When not working or writing, he enjoys running, sailing and travel, and is an ever-optimistic fan of English rugby. He lives near Milton Keynes with his wife Shiva, two daughters, and a very naughty beagle called Monty.

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A Burning Sea
A Burning Sea

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Afghanistan and the IED Threat

Afghanistan and the IED Threat

Afghanistan and the IED ThreatIn October 2001 the United States led a coalition of nations into Afghanistan with the aim of overthrowing the repressive Taliban regime. The coalition forces advanced rapidly, Taliban forces were simply unable to withstand the onslaught of better trained, ...
Remarkable Courage: Double Victoria Cross Winners

Remarkable Courage: Double Victoria Cross Winners

Double Victoria Cross WinnersThe Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award for valour, in the presence of the enemy, awarded in the United Kingdom. Created in 1856 by Queen Victoria, it has only ever been awarded 1,358 times, of which 295 were awarded posthumously. The medal is held in such ...
1064: Harold Godwinson’s Enigmatic Trip to Normandy

1064: Harold Godwinson’s Enigmatic Trip to Normandy

In 1066 King Harold Godwinson of England met Duke William of Normandy on the battlefield near Hastings in what proved to be a pivotal moment in English history. What is less well known is that this was not the first time that the two men had shared a battlefield. There is good evidence – not ...

Author Interview

Adam Staten
Adam Staten, what first attracted you to the period or periods you work in?My first novel, Steadfast, was inspired by my experiences serving as a doctor on the front line in Afghanistan. I suppose the first germ of the story took hold whilst I was out there, but it wasn’t really until the ...
Andy Owen on Land of the Blind
The majority of the book is set in 2007 but there is a post-script detailing your characters’ involvement in the chaotic coalition departure of 2021. Was it this ending of the coalition efforts that gave you the impetus to publish the book now?I wrote most of the book in 2019. I wanted to set the story within the right personal and historical context. I could only do this