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Upcoming events organised or partnered by The Biographers’ Club, including lunches, readings, signings and awards events (click tiles for more information). Ticket information is available on the individual events pages.

Events are open to Biographers’ Club members and their guests.

Hermione Lee with Richard Holmes – 23 January

We are thrilled to announce that Dame Hermione Lee is this year’s winner of the Biographer’ Club Prize for an Exceptional Contribution to Biography.

Hermione Lee has written a string of great biographies, including a dazzling, prize-winning life of Virginia Woolf, and lives of Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald, to name a few. She has published a collection of essays on autobiography and biography, Body Parts, and an indispensable Very Short Introduction to Biography. As Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and President of Wolfson College, she took the lead in bringing the academic study of biography to the dreaming spires.

Join us in saluting Hermione Lee on 23rd January 2019. She will be in conversation with Richard Holmes, winner of the club’s Exceptional Contribution Award in 2014.

Maggs Bros, 48 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DR

6.30pm for 7.00-8.30pm

£12.50 for a glass (or two) of wine

Please book with, and/or send cheques (made out to the Biographers’ Club) to Nicholas Clee, 8 Plimsoll Road, London N4 2EW. Or pay online – details available on request.

Biographers’ Tales

A distinguished and articulate line-up of biographers was at the October Gallery on 1 November to help celebrate more

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. 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 include Selina Hastings: biographer of Nancy Mitford, Rosamund Lehmann, Somerset Maugham, and of her father the Red Earl; winner of the Biographers’ Club Lifetime Services to Biography award (2011); Alexander Masters (Stuart: A Life Backwards; The Genius in My Basement; A Life Discarded) and Adam Sisman (John le Carré, Hugh Trevor-Roper, Wordsworth and Coleridge, James Boswell, AJP Taylor; editor of the letters of Hugh Trevor Roper and Patrick Leigh Fermor).

Date: 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.

Save the date!

26th February 2019

Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize presentation. Details to be announced.

Hugo Vickers gave a fluent, entertaining, gossipy account of his career as a royal chronicler to Biographers’ Club members at Maggs in Bedford Square on Tuesday 29 May.

His talk ranged from his early fascination with royal history – fuelled in part by a school visit to St George’s chapel in Windsor – to his adventures in writing about figures including Princess Alice of Greece (the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (on whose life he had a good deal of material unavailable to the official biographer, William Shawcross), and most recently Queen Mary (his edition of the riveting interviews made by James Pope-Hennessy while writing the life of George V’s consort, which were considered too indiscreet to publish until now). He is pictured with Jane Ridley, Biographers’ Club Chair.