Hermione Lee receives Exceptional Contribution award

Hermione Lee received the Biographers’ Club Exceptional Contribution to Biography award at an event at Maggs Bros in Beford Square, where she was in conversation with Richard Holmes, himself a past winner of the award.

Their conversation ranged over the complex and sometimes contradictory lives of their subjects (“everybody’s life is a muddle”, Lee observed), chronological vs thematic approaches, conflicting accounts in one’s sources, the biography of blame, and the sometimes daunting scope of projects.

Jane Ridley, Biographer’s Club chair, presented Lee with an engraved Mont Blanc pen. Guests at the packed event included Julian Barnes, Caroline Moorehead, Anne Chisholm, Anne de Courcy, Rachel Cooke, and Valerie Grove.

Previous winners