Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning and bestselling writer, published in over forty languages. He read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy. His books are international bestsellers and he has won prizes in both non-fiction and fiction. CATHERINE THE GREAT & POTEMKIN was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Marsh Biography and Duff Cooper 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 (USA), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY was a number one bestseller all over the world, chosen by President Bill Clinton as his book of the year. It won the Jewish Book of the Year Prize (USA). He is also the author of two acclaimed novels, SASHENKA and ONE NIGHT IN WINTER, both sold in over twenty languages. ONE NIGHT IN WINTER was longlisted for the Orwell Prize and won the Political Novel of the Year Prize (UK). He will soon complete this trilogy of novels set in Stalinist Russia.
He is also the author of TITANS OF HISTORY, a survey of key figures of politics, war and culture.
In television, he has presented four BBC series on Jerusalem, Rome and Istanbul and now, Spain.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University, Dr Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children
His latest major history book is THE ROMANOVS 1613-1918, which was published in January 2016 to widespread critical acclaim.
As a speaker, Montefiore regularly lectures to financial, energy and cultural conferences and institutions in the USA and Europe on Catherine the Great, Stalin, Jerusalem and the Romanov dynasty – as well as more generally on Russia, the Middle East and subjects such as Lessons of Leadership, Crisis-management, Power and Revolution.