Michael Bloch is a freelance historian and writer. He read Law at St. John’s College, Cambridge, before being called to the Bar. He later worked with Suzanne Blum, the French lawyer of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and throughout this period had privileged access to the Windsor files in Paris. He has subsequently written six books on the couple, and edited Wallis and Edward: Letters 1931-1937.
Michael edited a number of volumes of the diaries of James Lees-Milne, and was the co-producer of a play based on those diaries, called Ancestral Voices. His biography of Ribbentrop was chosen by Hugh Trevor-Roper as his Book of the Year in the Sunday Telegraph, and he has since written biographies of Wallis Simpson, Frederick Matthias Alexander, and the definitive biography of James Lees-Milne.
More recently he completed the critically acclaimed biography of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, currently in development with the NT as a stage play; and the entertaining and insightful work of political history Closet Queens, hailed by Nicholas Shakespeare in the Daily Telegraph as "a hugely entertaining book".