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W&N History HB / TPB January 2016 £25.00 / £14.99 406pp 32pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 85266 7 / 978 0297 60028 6 eBook: £25.00 / 978 1 474 60027 9

Five years after his phenomenal bestseller Jerusalem, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings us a dazzling new work of history: the epic story of the tsars and tsarinas of Imperial Russia.

W&N Non-fiction • January 2016

SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE The Romanovs 1613–1918

A gripping narrative history of Russia’s imperial dynasty. The Romanovs ruled Russia as tsars and emperors for three hundred years. Through ruthless force of personality, this family of flawed but brilliant autocrats transformed a weak realm ruined by civil war into a supreme empire that dominated Europe. This is the story of how Russia became the country we know today. Simon Sebag Montefiore shows that the rule of autocrats and their tiny court cliques have always dominated Russia’s history, from the first Romanov tsar in 1613 through the magnificence of Peter and Catherine and the bungling decline of Nicholas II, to the Red Tsars of Lenin and Stalin in the twentieth century and the authoritarian presidency of Putin in the twenty-first. Simon Sebag Montefiore is a bestselling historian and author, whose multi-award-winning books have been translated into over forty languages. The Romanovs sees him return to the subject that launched his career, with his acclaimed biography Catherine the Great and Potemkin. This was followed by Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (winner of the History Book of the Year Prize); Young Stalin (winner of the Costa Biography Award) and Jerusalem: The Biography, which won the Jewish Book of the Year Prize and has sold over a quarter of a million copies. He is also the author of two acclaimed novels: Sashenka and One Night in Winter. Dr Sebag Montefiore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University.

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Location: Kensington, London Available for interview www.simonsebagmontefiore.com f/Simon-Sebag-Montefiore @simonmontefiore