Amanda Foreman is an award-winning historian and international bestselling author. Her first book, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was an international bestseller, winning the 1998 Whitbread Prize for Biography. It has been developed into a television documentary, a radio play starring Dame Judi Dench and the Oscar-winning film, The Duchess. Her second book, A World on Fire, was published in the UK by Penguin Press (November 2010) and in the US by Random House (June 2011) to critical acclaim in both countries, and was listed among the Ten Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times. In addition to her writing and public speaking, she has also served on a number of juries in the UK and the US including The Orange Prize, the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pen History Prize. A World on Fire has been optioned by BBC Worldwide.