A Life of My Own

Part of the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival

Arts & Culture

Bestselling, award-winning biographer, Claire Tomalin, turns her attention to her own life in a frank and fascinating memoir written with her characteristic insight. In conversation with Alex Clark, she discusses her triumphs and tragedies, from wartime childhood, to early widowhood, bringing up four children alone while forging a career as one the most successful literary editors in London, the social pressures on a woman in the 50s and 60s and the contrast between delving into the lives of others and laying bare her own.

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.

Alex Clark is an editor and literary journalist who frequently writes for The Guardian, The Observer and The Times Literary Supplement. She regularly chairs literary events, has also been on the judging panel for the Booker Prize and is the Artistic Director for words and literature at the Bath Festival.

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