• Diana  Preston

    Diana Preston

    Agent : Bill Hamilton

    Diana Preston is an Oxford educated historian and author. Her latest book, Eight Days at Yalta: How Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin Shaped the Post-War World, was published in 2019 by Grove Atlantic in the US and Macmillan/Picador in the UK, and is about the 1945 Yalta Conference. Drawn from original sources it relates and analyses what happened at Yalta from the perspective of all involved – from the three leaders, Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill, to more junior participants including the often overlooked role of the women present among whom were Roosevelt’s and Churchill’s daughters.

    Diana’s earlier books include the acclaimed ‘Before the Fallout – From Marie Curie to Hiroshima’ which won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Science and Technology; ‘Wilful Murder – The Sinking of the Lusitania” which was made into a full-length TV movie by the BBC, and American, French and German networks;  ‘A Higher Form of Killing – Six Weeks in Spring 1915 that Changed the Nature of Warfare’, ‘Besieged in Peking – The 1900 Boxer Rebellion’ and ‘ A first- Rate Tragedy – Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole.’ Her non-fiction work has been translated into several languages including German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Korean.

    Diana often acts as a consultant to and appears in historical documentaries. Most recently she appeared in National Geographic’s ‘Origins’ series on which she was a consultant and script writer. With her husband Michael, Diana has co-authored ‘A Pirate of Exquisite Mind’ about the 17th century buccaneer William Dampier and  ‘A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time’ about the building of the Taj Mahal.