Kathryn Hughes read modern history at Oxford, creative writing at UEA and has a PhD in Victorian studies. She is a visiting professor in 19th century literature and history at several universities, and reviews regularly for the Daily Telegraph and the Literary Review. Her previous book was The Victorian Governess.
Praise for Kathryn Hughes's previous work:`Seriously scholarly yet nonetheless accessible to the general reader... fascinating.'Margaret Forster, Sunday Telegraph`Illuminating, intelligent.'Daily Telegraph`Hughes has an acute ear for social nuance.'The Times