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Goldring, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Goldring is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her publications include Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art (Yale, 2014) and Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist (Yale, 2019).

Members’ Releases

The Extraordinary Life of E Nesbit

By Elisabeth Galvin

Published by Pen & Sword History, October 2018

A ground breaker in every sense, the Edwardian author Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924) changed children’s books forever with her much-loved novels, The Railway Children and Five Children and It. Her stories of female heroines, magic, adventure and time travel continue to influence children’s literature more than a century later. Her personal life was every bit as colourful as her fiction. As a cigar-smoking socialist, she was a founder of the Fabian Society and George Bernard Shaw and HG Well frequented her wild bohemian parties. Author Elisabeth Galvin has included an acknowledgement to the Biographers’ Club in this book. She is appearing at the Yeovil Literary Festival, The Johnson Studio, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Dorset, on 28 October at 2pm, admission £5; and at the Richmond Literature Festival Dorset, Hampton Library, London, on 15 November, at 7.30pm.

Christmas party and Tony Lothian prizegiving

Christmas party and Tony Lothian prizegiving

Tuesday 4 December, 6.30pm to 8pm, at Albany, Piccadilly.

Join us for wine and canapés at our Christmas party, and for the presentation of the Tony Lothian Prize. The prize is given for a proposal for a first biography.

Tickets: complimentary (members and guests); but please book with

Venue: E6 Albany, Piccadilly, London W1J OAR.

21 Years Old!

An Evening Of Biographers’ Tales – 1st November, October Gallery

It is 21 years since Andrew Lownie created the Biographers’ Club. To mark the occasion, we have invited biographers to divulge their tales from the front line. Among the panellists will be Selina Hastings, biographer of Nancy Mitford, Rosamund Lehmann, Somerset Maugham, and of her father the Red Earl. The event will be chaired by Anne Chisholm, herself the biographer of Nancy Cunard and Frances Partridge, and editor of Dora Carrington’s Letters. Further panellists to be announced.

We will also be launching a new offering for members – a Q & A on our website, in which biographers, agents and editors share their experience and answer questions such as:  What are the essential qualities of a good biographer? How do you find a good subject? Is it wise to write without a contract? What are the pros and cons of self-publishing? How do you write a good proposal? And more, to be added to and expanded upon by members of the Biographers’ Club over the coming months and years.

Come and celebrate with us on Thursday 1st November, 6.30pm-8.00pm at the October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL.

Tickets: £12.50

Book with, and send cheques (made out to the Biographers’ Club) to Nicholas Clee, 8 Plimsoll Road, London N4 2EW. Bank details available on request.

Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2018

The Biographers’ Club is soliciting entries for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2018, so if you or anyone you know has published a first biography that would be eligible for entry, please encourage the publisher to submit it for publication.

Judges: Anne Chisholm, Rachel Cooke and Andrew O’Hagan

Deadline: Thursday 1 November 2018

For more information about the prize, visit here