John Symons

John Symons is a classical and modern historian, with a passionate interest in Russia and the Soviet Union. He has travelled widely in Eastern Europe and Russia and has visited a former GULAG prison camp. Described by a British Ambassador to Russia as 'an enthusiastic Russophile', his talks with people persecuted or imprisoned by the Gestapo and the KGB enrich this book. He is the author of two biographies, one of his father, Stranger on the Shore, and one of his mother, This Life of Grace.