David Waller

David Waller is a former financial journalist who now writes historical biographies. His first was The Magnificent Mrs Tennant, a life of Gertrude Tennant, a hitherto forgottem Victorian grande dame who had a fling with Gustave Flaubert and operated a literary and artistic salon in the heart of Whitehall. Based on Waller’s discovery of a cache of documents in a home counties attic, including two dozen letters from Flaubert himself, the book was published by Yale University Press in 2009. The Magnificent Mrs Tennant received some flattering reviews and was runner-up for the Biographers’ Club Best First Biography Prize. He is putting the finishing touches to another life of a Victorian figure which he hopes will be published in 2013. He is delighted to be on the panel of judges for the 2011 Tony Lothian Prize.