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

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 THE WORLD: A FAMILY HISTORY.

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, Rome, Istanbul (‘Byzantium: a tale of three cities’), Spain (‘Blood and Gold’) and Vienna, all available from

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

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

Articles Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The perpetual drama of Russia and Britain’s historic relationship in THE EVENING STANDARD

On Putin’s imperial adventure in Syria NEW YORK TIMES

Ukraine is a vital part of Russia’s vision of itself THE EVENING STANDARD

Please Hold for Mr. Putin in New York Times NEW YORK TIMES

On Leadership: the fall of Tyrants in NEW YORK TIMES

On Revolutions from the French Revolution to the Arab Spring & Ukraine in NEW YORK TIMES

Profiles, Lectures and Television Appearances

Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses Stalin, Putin, and why the possible Russian spy poisoning is ‘a pattern of behavior.’ CNN

Simon Sebag Montefiore: By the Book NEW YORK TIMES

Simon Sebag Montefiore: ‘Tara was unpredictable and flamboyant, it’s a tragic time’ THE EVENING STANDARD

Meet the author: Simon Sebag Montefiore BBC

The historian who introduced David Cameron to Prince Charles THE EVENING STANDARD

History in the Making VANITY FAIR

Read an interview with Simon Sebag Montefiore in THE TELEGRAPH

Simon Sebag Montefiore on Stalin JAIPUR BOOK FESTIVAL

La Russie, Côté cou LE MONDE

Photographs of Simon Sebag Montefiore