Simon Sebag Montefiore
Simon Sebag Montefiore is a British historian and novelist. Montefiore’s initial career as a foreign affairs journalist meant that he was reporting from the Soviet Union just as Communism began to collapse. The majority of his books are centred on Russia - from his first historical work Catherine the Great and Potemkin to a landmark biography of the Romanovs and authoritative accounts of the life of Stalin - yet his most critically lauded and successful book, Jerusalem: The Biography, steps out of the confines of the Soviet bloc. In addition to his non-fiction work Montefiore has also written a trilogy of novels set in Moscow during the first half of the twentieth century, and a series of children’s books co-authored with his novelist wife, Santa, called The Royal Rabbits of London. His most recent book is Voices of History.
Curated with immense skill and eye for intriguing juxtapositions by Simon Sebag Montefiore, the one hundred plus letters contained within Written in History provide a fascinating window into the private and public lives of history's greatest figures. Arranged thematically this collection of correspondence provides an enlightening parallel narrative to the linear march of conventional history, and includes missives by everybody from Rameses to Trump, by way of Elizabeth I and Nelson Mandela.