Jonathan Keates is the author The Siege Of Venice, described by Jan Morris as "majestic and tremendous" and by John Julius Norwich as "a brilliant history that is also a riveting read". He is the author of biographies of Handel, Purcell and Stendhal, as well as novels, short story collections and travel books on Italy. An English teacher at the City Of London School, he has been singled out for special mention in The Good Schools Guide. He has reviewed for the Observer, Independent, Sunday Telegraph and New York Times, and appears regularly in the Times Literary Supplement and Literary Review. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Society of Antiquaries.