Simon Schama, CBE

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Simon Schama was born in London to Jewish parents with links to Turkey, Romania and Lithuania. With his diverse roots, it is no wonder that Schama’s novels cover an extensive and assorted subject matter. Schama once said his childhood home was a removal van as his father was frequently penniless. Despite this, he won a scholarship to an independent school before continuing his studies at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Schama’s first noteworthy book was published in 1989 to coincide with the bicentenary of the French Revolution, entitled Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution. Since this time, Schama has had great success with his various novels and documentaries. 

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