Photo: Jenny Uglow (right) with Biographers’ Club chair Jane Ridley.

Jenny Uglow received the Biographers’ Club 2017 Exceptional Contribution to Biography Award at an event in London on Thursday 24 January. The presentation and talk, with Biographers’ Club chair Jane Ridley, took place before Club members and invited guests at Maggs Bros in Bloomsbury.

Uglow is a former editorial director of Chatto & Windus and the author of numerous acclaimed biographies, among them Hogarth: A Life and a World, The Lunar Men, A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration, and most recently Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense. She has won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography, the Hessell-Tiltman Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s Benson Medal, and been shortlisted for the Whitbread (now Costa), Samuel Johnson (now Baillie Gifford) and Duff Cooper prizes.

Previous winners of the Biographers’ Club award have included Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Selina Hastings, and Hilary Spurling. Further details here.

Holmes was among the audience at the event, along with Gill Coleridge and Zoe Waldie from Uglow’s literary agency RCW, Mitzi Angel and Kate Ward from her publisher Faber, her longtime editor Julian Loose (now at Yale), and, representing Vintage Publishing (Chatto’s parent), md Richard Cable.