Claire Harman




Claire has been commissioned by Viking Penguin in the UK and Alfred A Knopf in the US to write a major new biography of Charlotte Brontë for the author's bicentenary in 2016.




6 August 2013 - Pride and Prejudice at 200. Claire in conversation with Doug Fabrizio of Radio West and Shannon Hale about Austen's most famous novel and the new film of Shannon's bestselling Austenland.

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August 2013 - 'Abominable Fancies': Claire on what Robert Louis Stevenson would and wouldn't have relished about modern life. Posted on the biography website The Fertile Fact.

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Evening Standard, 13 March 2014: 'Each one of us creates our own Middlemarch', review of The Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot by Rebecca Mead.

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Literary Review, March 2014: Pulpit - 'Margins of Terror'


Evening Standard, 13 February 2014; 'Fifty years of straddling the divide between critic and novelist', review of Lives in Writing by David Lodge.

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Guardian Review, 11 January 2014: review of How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis.

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Evening Standard, 31 October 2013: 'The patience of Penelope, the lady novelist in waiting', review of Penelope Fitzgerald by Hermione Lee.

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Evening Standard, 17 October 2013: 'Spirited women who escaped the post-war straitjacket', review of Her Brilliant Career by Rachel Cooke.

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Evening Standard, 12 September 2013: 'For an eager young seventies' scientist, research was all in the genes', review of An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins.

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Evening Standard, 15 August 2013: 'A skivvy's take on Lizzie & Co', review of Longbourn: Pride and Prejudice, the Servants' Story by Jo Baker.

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Evening Standard, 25 July 2013: 'Fifty years on, a quest for the Queen of the Nile ends with seeing the invisible', review of Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra by Peter Stothard.

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Guardian Review, 20 July 2013: 'The Secret History', review of The Girl from Station X by Elisa Segrave.

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Times Literary Supplement, 24 May 2013: 'Careers for middle-class women', review of The Brontës in Context edited by Marianne Thormählen.


Evening Standard, 24 May 2013: 'Caught up in life's tripwires on a tangled journey from poverty to fulfilment', review of Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley.

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Guardian Review, 18 May 2013: 'Yours Unfaithfully', review of Our Cheating Hearts: Love & Loyalty, Lust & Lies by Kate Figes.

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Evening Standard, 18 April 2013: 'What happened after the balloon finally went up', review of Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air by Richard Holmes.

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Evening Standard, 4 April 2013: 'Survivor's overwhelming account of a family swept away', review of Wave: A Memoir of Life after the Tsunami by Sonali Deraniyagala.

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Evening Standard, 7 March 2013: 'Living one life to the full - over and over again', review of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

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Evening Standard, 17 January 2013: 'We've always known about the family skeletons in the cupboard', review of Family Secrets: living with shame from the Victorians to the present day by Deborah Cohen.

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Evening Standard, 10 January 2013: 'The sad artist who broke the mould of the women's novel', review of Olivia Manning: A Woman at War by Deirdre David.

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The Warwick Review, September 2012: short story, 'The Bridge'

The Warwick Review, September 2011: short story, 'Poor Maggie Kirkpatrick'.



Published on 4 February 2011 by Picador, New York

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