Claire Tomalin A life of my own‘A Life of My Own’

(Penguin £9.99)

Claire Tomalin is a former Literary Editor at the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. She has written seven highly acclaimed literary biographies, including Samuel Pepys, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and in 2011 the international bestseller Charles Dickens.

Claire is one of our great biographers, but in this remarkable book she turns her eye to another fascinating literary life: her own. She tells of a wartime childhood, Cambridge friendships and an early marriage to a brilliant journalist. After his sudden death in a war zone, Claire is left to raise their four children alone – all while leading a trail-blazing career in literary London. ‘A Life of My Own’ is the tale of a woman overcoming obstacles both rare and routine to live not only a good but also a meaningful life.

Claire will be at the Kew Bookshop on Friday 11th October at 4pm.