(1915–1988), British author. Drawing on his experience as a teacher (1936–1940) and then as a headmaster (1947–1957), Robert John Unstead wrote his history books for children to convey information in an easy, accessible way, combining a fluid, straightforward style with attractive line drawings. His first books—Cavemen to Vikings (1953), The Middle Ages (1953), Tudors and Stuarts (1954), Queen Anne to Elizabeth II (1955)—were soon combined into one volume, Looking at History (1955), followed by People in History (1957) and A History of Houses (1958). This was the start of a long career in which Unstead covered a variety of historical subjects ranging from ancient history to the modern world.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.