Eric Hobsbawm is one of Britain’s most celebrated historians. He came to the UK from Germany in 1933 as a fifteen year old orphan. Multilingual and steeped in the culture and history of Central Europe, he is to this day an “unrepentant communist”. His trilogy charting the rise of capitalism - The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital and The Age of Empire - became a defining work of the "long 19th century", from 1789 to 1914. The Age of Extremes, translated into 37 languages, covered the "short 20th century", from WW1 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. His most recent book is his autobiography Interesting Times.