Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965 and read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. Catherine the Great and 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 British Book Awards.Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (US), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). Montefiore's books are published in over 35 languages. Miramax, FilmFour and Ruby Films are developing a movie of Young Stalin. He is also the author of the novel, Sashenka. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore. Jerusalem, the Biography is his most recent book.