Claire Harman





8 June 2015 - Claire is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem of 2014 for 'The Mighty Hudson' (TLS)

full shortlist and link to Forward Prizes

Claire's major new biography of Charlotte Brontë, celebrating the author's bicentenary in 2016, is due from Viking Penguin on 29th October and from Alfred A Knopf in March 2016.


Claire's prize-winning first book, Sylvia Townsend Warner, is being republished by Viking Penguin on the same day as Charlotte Brontë: A Life.

June 2014 - Claire is runner-up for the Tom-Gallon short story award for 'Poor Maggie Kirkpatrick', published in The Warwick Review.


more about Tom-Gallon

more about The Warwick Review




6 August 2013 - Pride and Prejudice at 200. 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, 14 May 2015: 'Painful Honesty', review of Have You Been Good? by Vanessa Nicolson.

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Guardian Review, 9 May 2015: review of Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske, by Julia Blackburn.

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Evening Standard, 23 April 2015:  'Things we forget to remember', review of A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson.

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Evening Standard, 19 March 2015: 'Putting words into the mouth of a 17th-century gossip'; review of John Aubrey: My Own Life by Ruth Scurr.

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Evening Standard, 19 February 2015: 'The rocky road to the birth of the Pill', review of The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig.

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Guardian Review, 7 February 2015: 'How Kate Gross prepared to die'; review of Late Fragments by Kate Gross.

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Evening Standard, 5 February 2015: 'A seriously unfunny slice of a writer's life', review of Quite a Good Time to be Born by David Lodge.

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Evening Standard,  4 September 2014: 'A Woman's Perspective', review of Outline by Rachel Cusk.

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Times Literary Supplement, 8 August 2014: poem, 'The Mighty Hudson'.


Evening Standard, 7 August 2014: 'Why it's not always good to be seen', review of Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen by Philip Ball

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Times Literary Supplement, 27 June 2014: 'English Verdure, English discomfort', review of Jane Austen and Adlestrop: her other family by Victoria Huxley

link to TLS






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

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





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