Orlando Figes joins Birkbeck College, London as Professor of History in April 1999. Previously he was University Lecturer in History (1987-99) and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1984-99). Born in London, he graduated with a double-starred first in History from Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. His first book, Peasant Russia, Civil War, was described by one reviewer as ‘one of the most important books ever published on the Russian Revolution’. His second, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924 (Cape) won the 1997 NCR Award, the WHSmith Literary Award 1997, the Wolfson History Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.