Andrew Roberts (East 1982)
CLAIM TO FAME
Leading historian, author of a number of award-winning books, and a TV presenter
The third generation of his family to be educated at Cranleigh, Andrew Roberts graduated from Cambridge with a first in modern history and worked in the City for three years. His first historical book, The Holy Fox: A Biography of Lord Halifax, was published to considerable critical acclaim in 1991 and he has gone on to write another 16 titles, often based around Churchill and Napoleon.
He has won numerous literary awards, with his most successful offering, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, which was published in 2009 and which reached No.2 on the Times best-seller lists. He has also contributed to more than 30 books as well as numerous newspapers and magazines in Europe and the USA. He has lectured widely, including at the White House, and has regularly appeared on US television as an expert during royal events. He has also presented on the BBC, his most recent series being on Napoleon in 2015. He was described in The Guardian as “one of the greatest historians of our time”.