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Simon Sebag Montefiore

UK flag (b.1965)
Husband of Santa Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian and writer. He was born in 1965, educated at Ludgove, then Harrow School and read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University.

Montefiore's books are world bestsellers, published in 33 languages. His first history book, 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 2004 British Book Awards. Young Stalin won LA Times Book Prize for Best Biography, the Costa Biography Award, the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Literature, and has been shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Historical
Royal Rabbits Of London (with Santa Montefiore)
   1. The Royal Rabbits Of London (2016)
     aka The Royal Rabbits
   2. Escape From the Tower (2017)
     aka Escape from the Palace
   3. The Great Diamond Chase (2018)
   4. The Hunt for the Golden Carrot (2019)
Simon Sebag Montefiore recommends
The People's Queen (2010)
Vanora Bennett
"Gripping, vivid and sweeping."
The Innocents (2012)
Francesca Segal
"The Innocents is an exuberant, sensitive, witty novel, elegantly-written, partly a study of universal dramas of love, marriage and fear, partly a very modern, sassy London story, partly a Jewish novel. I found it irresistible."
Final Stop, Algiers (2017)
Mishka Ben-David
"Be-David delivers spy thriller with all the authenticity and inside knowledge of an ex-Mossad agent."
Red, White, Blue (2018)
Lea Carpenter
"Red, White, Blue is a beautifully written, utterly gripping, and haunting story of espionage. Both timely and relevant and, in the tradition of the best spy novels, it is about secrets, deception, betrayal, and lies, the cruelest dilemmas of human nature."
Disappearing Earth (2019)
Julia Phillips
"Suspenseful, original and compelling, Disappearing Earth is a strange and haunting voyage into a strange and haunting world—the faraway Kamchatka in Russia's Far East, which is brought by this debut novelist to eerie, vibrant and unsettling life."
How to Betray Your Country (2021)
James Wolff
"Great espionage novels are not genre pieces but studies of betrayal, dishonour, expediency, loyalty -- the darkness of human nature, the subjects of all literature. Unsurprisingly, it's hard to find good ones but I just finished Beside the Syrian Sea by James Wolff, a debut by an ex-spy, is superb: an adventure from London to Lebanon and Syria and the desperate struggle for survival in the face of war and betrayal. Wolff is a new maestro."

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