The official website of writer

Victoria Schofield
spacer

Welcome!

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
 
spacer
spacerThe Highland Furies: The Black Watch 1739-1899

spacer

  spacerWitness to History: The life of John Wheeler-Bennett,
spacer
spacerAfghanistan Revealed
 
 

I have always loved history and enjoyed writing.  My areas of focus have been varied and yet always with a desire to ‘upend’ established opinion and search for greater understanding of issues past and present.    My first regional study was South Africa at a time when the apartheid regime was yet to be dismantled, resulting in the publication of my first article in Blackwood’s Magazine in 1977.  From Africa,  my attention shifted to South Asia.  Benazir Bhutto was a close friend at Oxford, and when her father, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was sentenced to death for conspiracy to murder a political opponent in 1978, I put my fledging ambition to write professionally into a higher gear by travelling to Islamabad. The fruits of my endeavours were several articles in The Spectator and my first book, Bhutto: Trial and Execution. 

For over thirty years, I’ve remained dedicated to learning more about South Asian politics, both as a historian and journalist, travelling widely in the region. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 provided the inspiration for another book, Every Rock, Every Hill: The Plain Tale of the North-West Frontier and Afghanistan (1984),   revised as Afghan Frontier: Feuding and Fighting in Central Asia (2003) and as Afghan Frontier: At the Crossroads of Conflict (2010).  My other main area of research has been the dispute over  the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, about which I have written articles and books  (Kashmir in the Crossfire (1996) and Kashmir  in Conflict (2000, 2002 and 2010).)  I also worked as an independent broadcaster   for the BBC World Service in London and New York during the 1980s and 1990s, covering numerous other stories, ranging from a feature on British sculptor, Henry Moore to a series on ‘Women of the French Revolution’.

Wavell: Soldier and Statesman (2006) – a biography of Field Marshal Earl Wavell - combines my lifelong interest in military history with my knowledge of South Asia. Witness to History: the life of John Wheeler-Bennett (2012) describes the life of a military historian and royal biographer. In 2012 I completed Volume 1 of a two volume official regimental history: The Highland Furies, The Black Watch 1739-1899, with a Foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales.   Volume 2 covering 1899-2006 when the Regiment was merged, becoming  The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) will be published in 2015.  I have recently contributed to Afghanistan Revealed (2011 & 2013), edited by Caroline Richards and Jules Stewart.

spacer spacer
spacer
spacer