Author and biographer Adrian Greenwood has died following a “vicious and sustained” attack in his home.
Greenwood, whose title Victoria's Scottish Lion: The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde was published by The History Press in July, was stabbed to death in his home in Iffley Road, Oxford on Thursday afternoon (7th April).
Police are seeking information about the assailant. They released a 26-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to the Daily Mail.
Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, of Thames Valley Police, said: "The post-mortem [examination] confirmed Mr Greenwood died following a vicious and sustained attack,” he said. "It is very likely that the offender may have injuries as a result of this altercation."
He urged anyone who had met Mr Greenwood in the last few weeks, either for personal or professional reasons, to get in contact, adding that it was likely the murderer and the victim were known to one another.
As well as writing biographies, Greenwood also a historian and a dealer in art, cars and other historic artefacts. He also reportedly collected early editions of J K Rowling's Harry Potter books.
Tim Davies, managing director of the History press, told The Bookseller: “We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of our author, Adrian Greenwood. We would like to offer our sincerest sympathy and condolences to his family and friends.”