Nigel Cliff is the author of four nonfiction books: The Shakespeare Riots (Random House, 2007); The Last Crusade (Harper, 2011); Moscow Nights (Harper, 2016); and, as translator and editor, Marco Polo’s Travels (Penguin Classics, 2015). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and a columnist for Tencent Dajia, the influential Chinese online magazine.
Nigel read English at Harris Manchester, where he was awarded a college scholarship, the university Beddington Prize for English Literature, and a double First class degree. He began his career as a theatre and film critic for The Times and has gone on to write for a variety of publications including The Economist and The New York Times.
Nigel’s books have been winners or finalists of several awards, including the US National Book Critics Circle Award. They have been named Books of the Year by the Washington Post, New York Times and Boston Globe and have been translated into ten languages. Nigel lectures widely, including recently at Kellogg College, the Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, and the British Library.