Category: Biography

24 November, 2014

Jennifer Rushworth

The First English (Scottish?) Proust

Jean Findlay's biography of C. K. Scott Moncrieff reveals him as much more than the first translator of Proust.


Emily Anderson

Between a Dandy and a Soldier

Gibson's biography of H. H. Munro attempts to discern the man from his authorial persona, the humorist Saki.


30 June, 2014

Kit Coldstream

Getting Away With It

Geordie Greig presents Lucian Freud in a cleverly constructed volume that errs on the side of sensational at times, but with authority.


3 June, 2014

Kit Coldstream

Aspects of Virtuosity

Beauclerk offers a more psychologically subtle and analytical treatment of the pianist than previous biographies.


3 March, 2014

Michael Easson

Burke’s Great Melody Against It

Michael Easson finds Edmund Burke miscast as a conservative in Jesse Norman's new biography.


3 February, 2014

Daniel Hitchens

The Poet is Always Potentially Subversive

James Andrew Taylor's biography of the poet Vernon Scannell provides fresh insights into the artistic cousin of Philip Larkin.


20 January, 2014

Bryn Jones Square

Sibling Sympathy

Bryn Jones Square discovers the social nature of artistic creation in Lucy Newlyn’s literary biography of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.


24 June, 2013

Rhian E. Jones

The Indecipherable Cipher

She retains her haunting power, but the official life begins with a Thatcher more real than we might have imagined.


10 June, 2013

Gabriel Roberts

The Creations of Edward Thomas

Despite problems of retrospect, this novel about the making of the poet is a valuable contribution as interest in Thomas grows.


3 March, 2013

Ceri Hunter

Jane Austen’s Material World

Paula Byrne gets big ideas from some very small objects in her new biography of Jane Austen, Ceri Hunter writes.