Unbreakable: the award-winning story of the pioneering jockey, Lata Brandisová

Named Sports Biography of the Year in 2020, a gripping tale of an eccentric countess who thrillingly defied the Nazis in the world’s most dangerous horse race.

Today We Die A Little: acclaimed biography
of Emil Zátopek

The definitive portrait of the much-loved Czech, widely seen as the greatest endurance runner of all time, and his epic struggles on and off the track.

Feet in the Clouds:
the classic tale of fell-running and obsession

Still inspiring sporting dreams after all these years, the cult classic that won the author Best New Writer prize in 2005’s British Sports Book Awards

People Power: a radical proposal to remake the UK parliament to fit the populist age

A short, timely manifesto – in Biteback Publishing’s popular ‘Provocations’ series – for reclaiming parliament for the people it claims to represent.

Running Free: memoir of a runner’s journey back to nature

A very personal celebration of the joys of running as nature intended, in the countryside, free from the anxieties of today’s ‘always-on’ materialist culture.

The Lost Village: a search for a forgotten rural England
The Lost Village by Richard Askwith

A hauntingly evocative journey through rural England, hearing the voices of the marginalised, unfashionable villagers who remember what life in ‘their’ countryside used to be like.

More about me

  • I spend a lot of time writing.
  • When I’m not writing, I like to spend as much time as I possibly can outdoors.
  • I hardly ever use social media (although I am on Twitter at @richardaskwith ).
  • I rarely get round to updating this site.
  • Sorry if that’s frustrating, but if I did try to make the site more interesting, I’d never finish my next book…


I am represented by Victoria Hobbs at A.M. Heath, 6 Warwick Court, Holborn, London WC1R 5DJ; tel: +44 (0) 207 242 2811; email: enquiries@amheath.com

Signed copies

If you would like to buy a
signed copy of any of my
books, send me an email here and I’ll see what I can do. I can’t promise anything, but I’ll try.