Norman Davies is the bestselling author of Europe: A History; The Isles: A History, Rising 44 and Europe at War. He is also the author of the definitive history of Poland, Gods Playground, and several books on European history. Born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1939, Davies is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford and the University of Sussex. He is a Supernumerary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and Professor Emeritus of London University. He lives in Oxford and Krakow, Poland.