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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...

  • 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...

  • The Invisible Womanby Claire Tomalin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep , and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens?s marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record.   In this remarkable... more...

  • Thomas Hardyby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; Not Available

    Thomas Hardy is the acclaimed biography by bestselling author Claire Tomalin 'An extraordinary story, beautifully told. Tomalin is the most empathetic of biographers' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday Paradox ruled Thomas Hardy's life. His birth was almost his death; he became one of the great Victorian novelists and reinvented himself... 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...

  • Charles Dickensby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    Charles Dickens is the acclaimed definitive biography by bestselling author Claire Tomalin Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a demonicly hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist - the creator of characters who live immortally... more...

  • Jane Austenby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    Jane Austen is the celebrated biography by bestselling author Claire Tomalin 'A perfect biography: detailed, witty, warm. Tomalin involves us so deeply that Austen's final illness and death come almost as a personal tragedy to the reader' Dirk Bogarde, Daily Telegraph , Books of the Year 'Truly marvellous. I cannot think that a... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...