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Simon Sebag Montefiore

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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. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore. Jerusalem, the Biography is his most recent book.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2016

The Romanovs

Simon Sebag Montefiore charts the rise and fall of the infamous Romanov dynasty. WATCH THIS EVENT NOW. 

Monday, 8 February 2016
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?
 

2011

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Who better to have opened JBW than a captivating and charismatic storyteller on the most iconic city of the world, the capital of three faiths, the prize of many conquerors, the jewel of many empires, and the eye of the storm of today's battle of civilisations: Jerusalem.

2009

Sunday, 22 February 2009

He had been commended for the lively pace of his biographies of Stalin and Catherine the Great. From megalomaniac leaders to ordinary people, who believed in the Revolution, but were crushed by its machinery, the move from History to story-making was only natural, or was it? Montefiore spoke about his beloved Russia, fact vs fiction and his switch between genres.

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Video

 
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