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Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin (Chair) was literary editor of theNew Statesman and Sunday Times before becoming a prize-winning author. In 1974 her first book The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraftwon the Whitbread First Book Prize. Since then she has written Shelley and His World, 1980; Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life, 1987; The Invisible Woman: the story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens, 1991, now a film, released in 2013; Mrs Jordan's Profession, 1994; Jane Austen: A Life, 1997; Samuel Pepys: the Unequalled Self, 2002;Thomas Hardy:  The Time-Torn Man, 2006. Most recently, her Charles Dickens: A Life was published in 2011. Claire has an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University. She has served on the Committee of the London Library and as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and the Wordsworth Trust. She is a Vice-President of the Royal Literary Fund, of the Royal Society of Literature and of English PEN.