Simon Sebag Montefiore
Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965 and read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. Catherine the Great and Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (US), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). Montefiore’s books are published in over 35 languages. Miramax, FilmFour and Ruby Films are developing a movie of Young Stalin. He is also the author of the novel, Sashenka (published by Transworld). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.
Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs: 1613-1918 has shared some of his favourite books with us, for some Christmas gifting inspiration!
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The Romanovs is the epic new history from the bestselling author of Jerusalem. It is out on 28th January in Hardback and ebook, and you can start reading here.
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Read Simon Sebag Montefiore’s recent article in the New York Times about the demise of dictators …
“ALL political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure,” wrote Enoch Powell, the controversial but often perspicacious British politician, “because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” But the political lives of tyrants play out human affairs with a special intensity: the death of a democratic leader long after his retirement is a private matter, but the death of a tyrant is always a political act that reflects the character of his power. If a tyrant dies peacefully in bed in the full resplendence of his rule, his death is a theater of that power; if a tyrant is executed while crying for mercy in the dust, then that, too, is a reflection of the nature of a fallen regime and the reaction of an oppressed people …
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The critically acclaimed author of Jerusalem: The Biography shares his top six for this year’s summer reading …
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