Agent: Julian Alexander
After a nomadic childhood in America, Canada and the UK, Jonathan Miles took a first class degree from University College, London and his doctorate from Jesus College, Oxford. He has written, lectured and broadcast on cultural history all over the world.
The Wreck of the Medusa (Hutchinson), the most famous shipwreck before the Titanic, draws on published accounts and journals of survivors. He brilliantly reconstructs the ill-fated voyage and the events that inspired Theodore Gericaults painting The Raft of the Medusa. The Wreck of the Medusa is in the process of being adapted for film, with a cast including Pierce Brosnan, Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave.
St. Petersberg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire (Hutchinson) is his latest book recreating the drama of the absurd and brilliant city, beginning with the homicidal megalomania of its founder and the sadism of its early rulers. Miles explores how St Petersburg first turns itself into a vast work of art and then into the crucible for revolution, forming a backdrop to the great conflicts and upheavals of the 20th century, and goes onto the present day when, once more, the city’s fate hangs in the balance.