Santa Montefiore

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Born2 February 1970
Alma materSanford School, Sherborne School for Girls, Exeter University
Parents • Charles Palmer-Tomkinson
• Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson
SpouseSimon Sebag Montefiore
Member ofJeffrey Epstein/Black book
RelativesTara Palmer-Tomkinson
British author married to historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and sister of socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

Santa Montefiore (nee Palmer-Tomkinson) is a British author. She is married to historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and sister of socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. All three are listed in Jeffrey Epstein's black book.

The couple are friends with King Charles III and Camilla, Queen consort of the United Kingdom, who attended their wedding.[1] Santa Montefiore is a friend of Tiggy Legge-Bourke[1] and of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.[2]

Early life

Santa Montefiore was born Santa Palmer-Tomkinson on 2 February 1970 in Winchester. Her parents are Charles Palmer-Tomkinson, formerly High Sheriff of Hampshire,[3] and Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson (née Dawson), of Anglo-Argentine background. Her father, and other members of her family, represented Great Britain in skiing at Olympic level. The Palmer-Tomkinson family are substantial land-owners in Hampshire and Leicestershire.[4]

Her sister, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, was known as a socialite[4][5] and "charity patron".[6]

Santa Montefiore attended the Hanford School from the age of eight to twelve.[7] She then attended Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset, where, in the sixth form, she became Head of her house (a role of responsibility similar to a prefect)[1] and later Vice Head of School. She studied Spanish and Italian at Exeter University.


Prior to publishing any novels, she worked in London, first in public relations for the outfitters Swaine Adeney and later for the jeweller Theo Fennell. She also worked as a shop assistant in Farmacia Santa Maria Novella, the perfumery, and in events for Ralph Lauren.[1]

She sent her first manuscript to several literary agents, using a pen name in order to distance herself from her sister. Only one agent, Jo Frank of A P Watt, expressed an interest, but this led to a bidding war between several publishers, with Hodder & Stoughton giving her a six-figure advance.[1] Montefiore has published at least one novel a year since 2001. Four of her books are set in Argentina, where she spent 1989 as a gap year teaching English.[8][1] Her books have been characterised as "beach-read blockbusters", selling over six million copies in 25 translations.[9]

She has co-written with her husband a series of children's books called The Royal Rabbits of London, which is published by Simon & Schuster. 20th Century Fox have bought the movie rights and are in the early stages of adapting the series for the big screen.

Personal life

Montefiore is married to the writer and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. They were brought together by the historian Andrew Roberts, who thought "they would be absolutely perfect for each other because they were the only two people he knew who could remember the words to Evita off by heart".[1] She says of their marriage:[8]

Sebag and I do bring out the best in each other. I wouldn’t have written if not for him and he might not have written books either, as he was a ladies' man, always chasing girls, but now his home life is stable and sorted. We write in the same house, in separate offices and he helps me with plots. I think you have to be a team. Laughter is everything. Mr Darcy would have been so boring to live with – you don’t want to live with someone who is smouldering all the time.

She converted to Judaism before the marriage.[10][11] The wedding was held at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John's Wood, London,[10] with which her husband's family has been associated for generations.