Claire Tomalin has worked in publishing and journalism for most of her life. She was literary editor first of the New Statesman and then the Sunday Times, which she left in 1986. She is the author of six highly acclaimed biographies; the Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, which won the Whitbread First Book Prize; Shelley and His World; Katherine Mansfield; A Secret Life: The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens, which won the Hawthornden Prize, the NCR Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography; Mrs Jordan’s Profession; and, in 1997, Jane Austen: A Life. Pepys: The Unequalled Self won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award 2002. She lives in Richmond, Surrey with her husband, the writer Michael Frayn.