With many few historians in the world, nobody can do without the mention of Orlando Figes. He is a British Historian whose origin is Russia. Orlando is one of the most popular historians not only in Britain but also in other parts of the world. As an History Professor in Birkbeck College, University of London, Figes has risen in the world of authorship and has recorded immense success in the publication of some of the most popular books which include; The Whisperers, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution:1891to 1924, Natasha’s Dance: Russia’s Cultural History and Private Life in Stalin’s Russia. The Crimean War: A History is his latest book.
Figes was a hardworking individual since the time he enrolled for schooling. Born to the feminist writer, Eva Figes, he enrolled at William Ellis School, North London the year 1971 to 78. Later on he undertook his History at Gonville and Caius College; Cambridge and graduated with a first Class. He also completed his PhD at Trinity College; Cambridge, whereby he was a fellow between 1984 and 1999. He then became a History lecturer at University of Cambridge before later on becoming the chair of History at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Figes is one of the most versatile writers whose piece of work combines cultural, social, and oral history. He uses both literary and academic aspects in his piece of work. His books have earned a global reputation. For instance, Natasha’s Dance earned the best foreign book ever recorded in Foreign History. He was also shortlisted two times in Samuel Johnson Prize through his two books; The Whisperers and Natasha’s Dance. This makes him the only writer to have been shortlisted two times. Most of his books have been translated to other global languages such as Norwegian, Greek, Turkish, Danish, Hebrew, French and Georgian among others.
Orlando Figes besides authoring his books also takes part in various other activities. He writes for international Press, broadcasts on radio and television and reviews books. He is also Royal Society of Literature’s Fellow. This ability to handle numerous responsibilities puts Figes way far from his fellow writers. To top it off, he is a family man who sets aside quality time to spend with his family. He is married to Stephanie Palmer, a human-rights lawyer who is also a senior lecturer at Cambridge University. She is also a Barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London. They have two daughters Alice and Lydia.
Figes and his family lives in Umbria in Italy and Cambridge, London and he is a lover of sport. He loves football and his favorite team is Chelsea Football Club