Jon has written extensively, although not exclusively, on the Second World War, specialising in the fighting on the Eastern Front, and non-Germans who served in the Waffen-SS. In his books Jon tries to shine a light on periods or subjects that have perhaps not received much attention, especially using the testimony of veterans, always with the goal of trying to show the reader what it was like to be there at the time.
His research has taken him all over Europe, although he confesses that one of the highlights of his writing career so far has been finding and interviewing veterans on his own doorstep back in the UK!
His books have been published in multiple languages, including; Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Polish, French, Czech and Dutch, and Death on the Don was nominated for the 2014 Pushkin Prize for History.
A regular expert contributor to all aspects of media, including TV and a range of magazines including History of War, All About History and The Armourer. He also often features on radio; BBC Radio 4, Talk Radio, Newstalk, and in a large number of podcasts, such as ww2podcast.com, History Hack and History Hit.
Away from writing he is a passionate rugby supporter, endurance runner and family man. He currently lives on Mersea island, just off the Essex coast.