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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Biography

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a bestselling writer whose books have been published in 48 languages and who has won prizes for both his history and novels.

He is the author of the international bestsellers Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, Jerusalem: The Biography, Young Stalin, Catherine The Great And Potemkin and The Romanovs, as well as the Moscow Trilogy of novels and The Royal Rabbits of London for children. He has won prizes for both history and fiction. All of his works are now being developed into films or TV drama series. His latest book Voices of History: Speeches that Changed the World is out now.

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He is the author of the acclaimed Moscow Trilogy of novels Sashenka, Red Sky at Noon and One Night in Winter (published in French as La Cercle Poushkine and in Italian as L’Amore ai Tempi Della Neve). One Night in Winter won the Political Novel of the Year Prize (UK) and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize (UK). 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). Jerusalem: The Biography was number one non-fiction Sunday Times bestseller and a global bestseller and won The Book of the Year Prize from the Jewish Book Council (US). It also won the Wen Jin Prize in China awarded by the National Library of China, and to date the book has sold almost 600,000 copies in Chinese. The Romanovs, 1613–1918 has been a bestseller all over the world including being a New York Times top ten bestseller, and won Lupicaia del Terriccio Literature Prize (Italy).  His latest book is Voices of History: Speeches that Changed the World.

He is the author of the series of childrens’ books (with Santa Montefiore) Royal Rabbits of London.

All of his books are now being optioned and developed for either films or TV drama series.

He has written and presented five BBC TV series on Jerusalem (‘The Making of a Holy City’), Rome (‘A History of the Eternal City’), Istanbul (‘Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities’), Spain (‘Blood and Gold’) and Vienna (‘Empire, Dynasty and Dream’).

He read history at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor in Modern History at the University of Buckingham, he lives in London.

Professor Sebag Montefiore regularly lectures around the world on history, Russia and the Middle East, and on subjects such as leadership and revolution.

Books

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Articles

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Ukraine is a Vital Part of Russia’s Vision of Itself

Ukraine is a Vital Part of Russia’s Vision of Itself

February 2014If Harrods had a Dictatorial Chic Department, Victor Yanukovych, ex-president of Ukraine, could have ordered the interior design of his ransacked mansion from its catalogue: “Saddam” gold taps, “Mobutu” leopardskin print, “Ceaucescu” chandeliers and “Gaddafi” bathrooms. Its ...
Dictators Get the Deaths They Deserve

Dictators Get the Deaths They Deserve

“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 ...
Putin’s Imperial Adventure in Syria

Putin’s Imperial Adventure in Syria

In June 1772, Russian forces bombarded, stormed and captured Beirut, a fortress on the coast of Ottoman Syria. The Russians were backing their ally, a ruthless Arab despot. When they returned the next year, they occupied Beirut for almost six months. Then as now, they found Syrian politics a ...
An Interview with the Prime Minister

An Interview with the Prime Minister

On October 4th, 1983, Simon Sebag-Montefiore and Scott Martin met the Prime Minister at Number 10.What were your feelings about the jingoism displayed by the tabloid press during the Falklands conflict?What would you describe as jingoism? It is a word which is frequently used.I ...

Author Interview

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore

What first attracted you to the period or periods you work in?I write mainly about Russia, the Caucasus and the Middle East.    My mother's family were refugees fleeing the pogroms of Romanov Russia, especially Lithuania, Poland and Odessa, and so I was always fascinated by those worlds and that led me to Catherine the Great
Simon Sebag Montefiore Interviewed by Scroll.in

Simon Sebag Montefiore Interviewed by Scroll.in

How did your experience as a war correspondent influence your work as a historian?A lot. It’s been a real help. It has been a great way to see the scene on the ground. The armies moving and empires falling. The espionage that comes with a sort of breakup of power. That’s what I’ve written about in my whole life, right? So that’s