Alex von Tunzelmann

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Alex von Tunzelmann (born 1977) is a British historian and author.

Early life and ancestry[edit]

Tunzelmann has stated her surname is of German ancestry originating in Saxony in Germany and has family connections from Estonia since 1600 and New Zealand since 1850.[1]


Tunzelmann was educated at Brighton and Hove High School,[2] an independent school for girls in Brighton, and at University College at the University of Oxford. She read history and edited both Cherwell and Isis.

Books and writings[edit]

Tunzelmann has contributed to The Political Animal by Jeremy Paxman, The Truth About Markets by John Kay, Does Education Matter? by Alison Wolf, and Not on the Label by Felicity Lawrence. She has been recognized as a Financial Times Young Business Writer of the Year. Most recently[when?] she has collaborated with Jeremy Paxman on his book, On Royalty.

Recently, Tunzelmann has begun writing a weekly column for The Guardian entitled "Reel history", in which she discusses and rates popular films for their historical accuracy. She has also written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, BBC Lonely Planet Magazine, and The Daily Beast.[3] She is currently[when?] working on a book about the Suez Crisis of 1956. A film based on her book Indian Summer is currently in development with Working Title Films.

She has appeared on the literary discussion radio programme Litbits on Resonance FM, discussing literature and hair.

Personal life[edit]

Tunzelmann has worked primarily as a researcher and lives in London.


  1. ^ "Narendra Modi certainly inspires all the most charming & gracious supporters". 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cheating student flees to Germany". Oxford Mail. 10 September 1998. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Alex von Tunzelmann Writer". United Agents. Retrieved 9 August 2014. .
  4. ^ "Red Heat by Alex von Tunzelmann". YouTube. Random House of Canada. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 

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