A British journalist, historian, and award-winning author of popular history books. Montefiore's books have been world best-sellers, 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 defunct History Book of the Year at the 2004 book publishing industry British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the LA Times Book Prize for Best Biography the Costa Book Award the Bruno Kreisky Award for Political Literature the Prix de la Biographie Politique and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize Miramax Films and Ruby Films have bought the rights and are currently developing a movie based on it.
His novel, Sashenka, set in twentieth century Russia, appeared in 2008. His latest history book is Jerusalem: the Biography, a fresh history of the Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.