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Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Award-winning and best-selling author

Published in over 40 languages

Author, Jerusalem: The Biography (2011)

Simon Sebag Montefiore is an award-winning and best-selling author.

Simon’s books are published in over 40 languages. Catherine the Great & Potemkin (2011) was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (2007) won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin (Phoenix, 2008) 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” (2011) was also critically well-received, winning Jewish Book of the Year Prize in the USA and becoming the Sunday Times number one non-fiction best-seller in Britain. It takes the history of the city from its beginnings as a fortified village through every conquest or occupation – Babylonian, Persian, Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, Ottoman, British and finally Israeli. Simon’s book, packed with fascinating and often grisly detail, is a gripping account of war, betrayal, looting, massacre, sadistic torture, fanaticism, feuds, persecution, corruption, hypocrisy and spirituality.

His next history, “The Romanovs: Rise & Fall 1613-1917”, will be published in 2016.

Our Comment

"Simon undertook a three year project to recount the history of Jerusalem from its foundation to the present day. His success is an extraordinary sweeping narrative of one of the most important cities in the world, and his knowledge of the region is deeply impressive."

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