A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin

A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin

Competition published on September 1, 2017.

An extraordinary memoir of love, loss and literature from one of Britain’s best biographers…

Acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin, the bestselling author of The Invisible Woman and Jane Austen, turns her critical eye to another fascinating literary life: her own.

In this intimate and insightful memoir, Claire remembers moments of national literary history as well as intense personal emotion: a turbulent childhood disturbed by her parents’ custody battle; her escape to Cambridge University, where she met her husband, the journalist Nick Tomalin; life on Gloucester Crescent with neighbours Alan Bennett and Mary-Kay Wilmers. Personally, tragedy struck when her husband was killed while reporting in Israel; professionally, Claire’s career soared as she became Literary Editor at the New Statesman and the Sunday Times, working with Christopher Hitchens and Julian Barnes, before discovering her vocation as a biographer. An affair with a younger writer brought fleeting joy; the suicide of her daughter brought infinite pain. Now married to playwright Michael Frayn, Claire reflects on an extraordinary life filled with love, loss and literature.

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About the author

Claire Tomalin is a former Literary Editor at the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. She has written seven highly acclaimed literary biographies, including Samuel Pepys, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and in 2011 the international bestseller Charles Dickens. She is married to the playwright and novelist Michael Frayn.

Claire will be appearing at a number of events this autumn, including:

At Topping & Company Booksellers (at St. Peters Church) on Monday 4th September at 7.30pm – book tickets

At Borderlines, Carlisle Book Festival on Saturday 7th October at 3pm – book tickets

At Daunt Books, in conversation with Valerie Grove, on Tuesday 24th October at 7pm – book tickets



A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin, published on 7 September, 2017 by Viking, in hardback





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