Antony Beevor is the author of Crete - The Battle and the Resistance, which won a Runciman Prize, Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife Artemis Cooper), Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, Berlin - The Downfall, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award, and The Mystery of Olga Chekhova. He also edited A Writer at War - Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945, a compilation of the great novelist's wartime notebooks. His most recent book was The Battle for Spain, a completely new edition of his 1982 book on the Spanish Civil War. In September 2005, as La Guerra Civil Española, it went straight to become the No 1 Bestseller in Spain and received the La Vanguardia prize.
His most recent work, D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, appeared in May 2009. It immediately became a No 1 Bestseller in five European countries, including the UK and France, and was in the top four in three other countries. His books have appeared in thirty languages and have sold over four million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received an honorary doctorate from Kent University, and is a visiting professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London.
'His singular ability to make huge historical events accessible to a general audience recalls the golden age of British narrative history, whose giants include Gibbon, Macaulay and Carlyle.' Boyd Tonkin in the Independent
'Beevor can be credited with single-handedly transforming the reputation of military history.' David Edgar in the Guardian
'A truly outstanding historian of war', Michael Howard in Standpoint
'The style contributes to the account itself, a masterful mixture of narrative finesse and scrupulousness towards the facts. In both categories we are witnessing an author at the height of his art.' Thomas Kielinger in Die Welt
'A British historian of great distinction and range, who . . . demonstrates his mastery of his sources.' Gordon Craig in the New York Review of Books.
'Antony Beevor is a contemporary Tolstoy who, with his books on history, is creating a literary masterpiece which will stand the test of time. . . [he] proves that history today is one of literature's most vital branches.' Dagens Nyheter
'The leading military historian of our time. He tells us in an accessible language about our culture's most heartbreaking conflicts and darkest tragedies.' Håkan Arvidsson in Svenska Dagbladet
'Seule passion dans sa démarche: celle de la vérité.' Eric Roussel in Le Figaro
Author photograph © Daniel Mordzinski