Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian and writer. Born in 1965, he read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. 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. His latest book, Young Stalin, is its prequel and companion volume. Montefiore’s books are world bestsellers, published in 28 languages. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, novelist and television presenter, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. He is now writing Jerusalem: the Biography, a fresh history of the Middle East.
Dan Jones is a journalist and historian. Born in 1981, Dan grew up in Oxfordshire, and conceived a love of history under the tutelage of Robin Green, perhaps the only teacher to have set lectures on the Mid-Tudor Crisis to folk guitar melodies. In 2002 Dan took a First in history from Pembroke College, Cambridge. His first book, The Peasants’ Revolt, is due for publication in 2008. His passions include Welsh rugby, English cricket and American television. He is a very amateur boxer. Dan lives in London.
Claudia Renton was educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and Trinity College, Oxford, from where she graduated with a First in Modern History. As an actress she has appeared on stage with the RSC and at the Royal National Theatre, and on television for the BBC and ITV. She is also currently working on a biography of the Wyndham Sisters, to be published by Quercus.