Simon Schama’s award-winning books, which have been translated into 23 languages, include The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt’s Eyes, A History of Britain, The Power of Art, Rough Crossings, The American Future, The Face of Britain, and The Story of the Jews. His art columns for The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism in 1996 and his journalism has appeared regularly in The Guardian and The Financial Times, where he is contributing editor.
He has written and presented more than 50 films for the BBC on subjects as diverse as Tolstoy and American politics, and he co-presented Civilisations, the landmark series on the history of world art. Most recently, his History of Now series aired on BBC2 in 2022. Schama is university professor of art history and history at Columbia University. Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines and the Health of Nations is his 20th book. He was knighted in 2018.