HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Historian and Award-Winning Author


  • One Night in Winter: Stalin and the True Story of the Childrens Case: Adventures in Fact and Fiction
  • Jerusalem and the Mid-East: What Makes a Holy City - for Christians, Jews and Moslems
  • Guide to Revolutions: Russia, France, Ukraine and the Arab Spring
  • Leadership: Tyrants Monsters and Heroes: What Makes a Great Leader
  • My Adventures in Fact and Fiction: From My Day with Mrs. Thatcher in 10 Downing Street to the War in Chechnya and Other Adventures from Moscow to Jerusalem
  • Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
  • Young Stalin: How Stalin became Stalin: Bankrobber Poet Priest Lover to Red Tsar
  • Catherine the Great and Potemkin: History's Greatest Love Affair


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Simon Sebag Montefiore is a widely acclaimed historian and novelist. His latest novel, One Night in Winter (Harper), is out now in the UK, and will be out in the USA in May 2014. One Night in Winter is the heart-breaking story of two forbidden and deadly love affairs set in the corridors of Moscow’s most elite school in 1945. Based on a true story, this is a passionate and sweeping epic about the many faces of love. Reviews have acclaimed it as "Thrilling" (Evening Standard), "Gripping" (Sunday Times) and "A gripping thriller" (The Guardian).

Montefiore is also author of the critically acclaimed novel Sashenka, as well as history books, Jerusalem, Young Stalin, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, and Catherine the Great & Potemkin. His books are read and praised by heads of state including President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister David Cameron, among others. President Bill Clinton chose Jerusalem as his Number One book of the year on NBC's Today Show, calling it, “Spectacular ... this wonderful book.”  Montefiore’s books are now published in over 40 languages.

Montefiore regularly lectures around the world on Russia, the Middle East and on subjects such as Leadership and Revolution, often presenting to audiences of over 1000 people. Montefiore is an excellent speaker for universities and colleges, historical societies, cultural centers, and corporations.

Montefiore was born in 1965. He read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).


Praise for One Night In Winter:

“Addictive, uplifting and terrifying.”
— A. D. Miller, author of Snowdrops

“Compulsively involving. Our fear for the children keeps up turning the pages…. We follow the passions with sympathy... The knot of events tugs at a wide range of emotions rarely experienced outside an intimate tyranny.”
— The Times (London)

“A gripping thriller about private life and poetic dreams in Stalin’s Russia…. [A] pageturner….Whether its subject is power or love, a darkly enjoyable read
— Guardian (London)

“Snuggle up in front of the fire with a glass of red and this captivating story. A dark enigmatic thriller... the way [Montefiore] weaves fiction and history is a true gift.”
— Marie Claire (UK)