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Supporting, promoting and connecting biographers at all levels, from the novice enthusiast to the published professional. Club History

The Biographers’ Club is looking for new committee members: a Membership Secretary, and a Website Administrator. more

Less than a month after winning the Club’s £2,000 Tony Lothian Prize for a first biography proposal , Francesca Wade has a book deal with Faber. Mitzi Angel (in her first deal as Faber Publishing Director) has signed SQUARE HAUNTING, about eight women who lived and worked in Mecklenburgh Square in London between the wars – for publication in 2018. The deal was handled by Caroline Dawnay and Sophie Scard at United Agents.

Further details about the Club’s Prizes here.

Books without straw – Ann Wroe and Peter Stanford 21 January, 12.30pm

How do you write a biography when there is very little documentary evidence to support it? Both Ann Wroe and Peter Stanford have triumphantly addressed this challenge. Ann Wroe’s subjects have included Pontius Pilate and Orpheus, as well as Rodez, a French town in the 14th century. Peter Stanford’s most recent biography is about Judas – and he has also written about Pope Joan, heaven and the devil.

Ann Wroe and Peter Stanford will be in conversation with Sarah Anderson about the advantages and disadvantages of working with threadbare material.

Venue, date and time: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ. Thursday, 21 January, 12.30 for 1pm.

Tickets: £30.

Book with nicholas_clee@hotmail.com, and send cheques (made out to the Biographers’ Club) to Nicholas Clee, 8 Plimsoll Road, London N4 2EW. Bank details available on request. Please state if you are vegetarian.

BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub programme, hosted by James Naughtie, is inviting Biographers’ Club members to join the audience at the 20 January recording, when Michael Holroyd will discuss A STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY, his biography of Ellen Terry and Henry Iving. The recording takes place at 17.40 at BBC Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA. Tickets are free and available from the producer, dymphna.flynn@bbc.co.uk.

Alan Cumming (Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize), Francesca Wade (Tony Lothian Prize for the best proposal for an uncommissioned first biography) and John Julius Norwich (Lifetime Service to Biography) were the winners at the Club Prize dinner at the National Liberal Club on 4 November. See Prizes page.

Slightly Foxed on Gloucester Road was packed as the Biographers’ Club and Slightly Foxed celebrated the Best First Biography Prize shortlist.