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  • Thomas Hardyby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 17.00

    "A masterful portrait" ( The Philadelphia Inquirer ) from a Whitbread Award-winning biographer The novels of Thomas Hardy have a permanent place on every booklover's shelf, yet little is known about the interior life of the man who wrote them. A believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower, Hardy... more...

  • Jane Austenby Claire Tomalin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.95

       At her death in 1817, Jane Austen left the world six of the most beloved novels written in English?but her shortsighted family destroyed the bulk of her letters; and if she kept any diaries, they did not survive her.  Now acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin has filled the gaps in the record, creating a remarkably fresh and convincing portrait of... more...

  • Samuel Pepysby Claire Tomalin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 19.00

    For a decade, beginning in 1660, an ambitious young London civil servant kept an astonishingly candid account of his life during one of the most defining periods in British history. In Samuel Pepys , Claire Tomalin offers us a fully realized and richly nuanced portrait of this man, whose inadvertent masterpiece would establish him as the greatest... more...

  • Charles Dickensby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 16.99

    Award-winning author Claire Tomalin sets the standard for sophisticated and popular biography, having written lives of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Here she tackles the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England, Charles Dickens; a literary leviathan whose own difficult path to greatness inspired the creation... more...

  • Katherine Mansfieldby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    Katherine Mansfield is the celebrated biography be bestselling author Claire Tomalin 'One of the best biographies I have ever read: a perfect match of author and subject. It should become a classic' Alison Lurie Pursuing art and adventure across Europe, Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote with the Furies on her heels; but when she... more...

  • Samuel Pepysby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    Samuel Pepys is the astonishing biography by bestselling author Claire Tomalin 2002 WHITBREAD BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Immaculately well done. Tomalin has managed to unearth a wealth of material about the uncharted life of Samuel Pepys' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday 'Sex, drink, plague, fire, music, marital conflict, the fall of kings,... more...

  • Mrs Jordan's Professionby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    Mrs Jordan's Profession is the acclaimed biography of Dora Jordan by bestselling author Claire Tomalin 'Intelligent, finely made and wonderfully readable. As gripping as the best fiction' Independent on Sunday Acclaimed as the greatest comic actress of her day, Dora Jordan lived a quite different role off-stage as lover to Prince... more...

  • The Invisible Womanby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin is the acclaimed story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens Winner of the NCR Book Award, the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 'This is the story of someone who - almost - wasn't there; who vanished into thin air. Her names, dates, family and experiences very nearly disappeared... more...

  • Several Strangersby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; Not Available

    Several Strangers is an acclaimed literary collection by bestselling author Claire Tomalin From the celebrated biographer of Charles Dickens: A Life and The Invisible Woman, Several Strangers collects together the best of Claire Tomalin's literary pieces over a period of thirty years - including reviews of books on Freud, Katherine Mansfield,... more...

  • The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraftby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft is the acclaimed bestselling biography by Claire Tomalin Winner of the Whitbread First Book Prize Witty, courageous and unconventional, Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the most controversial figures of her day. She published A Vindication of the Rights of Women; travelled to revolutionary France... more...