Tristram Hunt is one of Britain's best known young historians. Since 2010 he has been the MP for Stoke-on-Trent
Central, and in October 2013 was made Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He is a lecturer in British history at
Queen Mary, University of London, and has written numerous series for radio and television. He is also a regular
contributor to the Times,Guardian and Observer. His previous books include The English
Civil War at First Hand, Building Jerusalem, and The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life
of Friedrich Engels, which was published in more than a dozen languages.