Lives for Sale


Edited by Mark Bostridge

My contribution to Mark Bostridge’s Lives For Sale was the first time I’d been asked to write autobiographically. For a biographer, that felt like a slightly unsettling turning of the tables, but it was fun, too. On the whole, I feel that the more biographers are seen and heard in their works, the less well they must be functioning, but Mark’s book was a chance to throw off discretion and talk about some of the intensely personal aspects of investigating someone else’s life.

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“A fascinating collection of essays on the experience of following in the tracks of another person”
Publishers Weekly

“An impressive group of contributors gets to grips with the “peculiarly British vice of life writing”
Sunday Telegraph