Ruth Scurr is a historian, writer, and literary critic. Her first book, Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution
, won the Franco-British Society Literary Prize, was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize, short-listed for the Duff Cooper Prize, and chosen as one of the One Hundred Best Books of the Decade in The Times
(London). She reviews regularly for The Times Literary Supplement
, The Telegraph
, the Financial Times
, and The Wall Street Journal
. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches history and politics at Cambridge University where she is a Lecturer and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.