In-depth blog about former slave and boxing legend Bill Richmond (1763-1829); subject of Luke G. Williams' biography, published by Amberley in August 2015.


Luke G. Williams has been a journalist and writer for nearly 20 years.

He co-wrote Masters of the Baize (Mainstream Publishing, 2005), which examined the careers of world snooker champions. On publication the book received highly favourable reviews, being named ‘Book of the Week’ by both The Sunday Times and The Independent newspapers. Masters of the Baize was re-printed, revised and updated in 2006. Luke’s second book was a boxing anthology he edited entitled Boxiana: Volume 1 (Troubador, 2014), which included a wide and eclectic range of boxing-related writing.

Luke has also worked as a full-time staff writer for, and, while his freelance work has been published in various outlets including The Guardian, The Independent, Sunday Express, Boxing Monthly, Snooker Scene and 007 Magazine. He has appeared on ITV London News, BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Radio London among others. Luke is the online editor of, as well as, which ties in with his book Richmond Unchained: The biography of the world’s first black sporting superstar, which was published in August 2015 to widespread critical acclaim.

To tie in with the publication of Richmond Unchained, Luke worked closely with Shepherd Neame brewery to produce the first ever memorial plaque to Bill Richmond, which was unveiled by George Percy at the Tom Cribb pub on Wednesday 26 August 2015. This launch event was featured in several newspapers around the world as well as in primetime television on the ITV London News bulletin.

In 2016, Richmond Unchained was optioned by Endor Productions with a view to a possible film adaptation. Furthermore, the book was nominated for Biography of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Book Awards, which were televised by SKY TV.

Later that year, Luke collaborated with the BBC to produce a second memorial plaque to Bill Richmond, which was unveiled at the Tom Cribb pub on 14 September. At this unveiling ceremony Luke performed a speech about Richmond's life and the entire event was filmed as part of the major new BBC TV documentary Black and British: A Forgotten History, written and presented by BAFTA-winning historian David Olusoga. The wording of the BBC History plaque in Bill's honour was devised by Luke.

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