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Ruth Scurr

Ruth Scurr

Ruth Scurr is an historian, biographer and literary critic.  She teaches history and politics at Cambridge University, where she is a Lecturer and Fellow of Gonville & Caius College.  Her first book,Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolutionwon the Franco-British Society Literary Prize in 2006 and was listed among the 100 Best Books of the Decade in The Times in 2009.  Her second book, a biography of the antiquarian John Aubrey,John Aubrey: My Own Life, will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2015.  She reviews regularly for the Times Literary SupplementThe Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal.  She was a Man Booker Judge in 2007 and is a member of the Folio Prize Academy.