Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965, educated at Harrow School 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.
Young Stalin won the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Literature, the Costa Biography Prize and the LA Times Book Prize in Biography. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards.
His new novel, Sashenka, published under the name 'Simon Montefiore', has been sold in 14 languages including Russian.
His next history book is Jerusalem: the Biography, a fresh history of the Middle East.
He has recently selected his heroes from history, published as 101 World Heroes: Great Men and Women for an Unheroic Age, and his anti-heroes published as Monsters: History's Most Evil Men and Women.
Montefiore's books are world bestsellers, published in 34 languages.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.