Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965 and read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. Catherine the Great & 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. 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, and their two children.
Simon's lastest book, Jerusalem:The Biography is a global success having reached number one in the UK Non Fiction Bestseller list and achieving huge succes throughout the world. The book has been read by Henry Kissinger, Shimon Peres and Prime Minister David Cameron who read it backwards!
Simon is much in demand as a speaker both at home and abroad. His style lends itself both to Conferences and After Dinner speeches.