Claire Tomalin in conversation with Susannah Clapp

19 November 2017

As one of the best biographers of her generation, Claire Tomalin has written about great novelists and poets to huge success: now, she turns to look at her own life.

This enthralling memoir follows her through triumph and tragedy, from the disastrous marriage of her parents and the often difficult wartime childhood that followed, to her own marriage to the young journalist Nicholas Tomalin, who was killed on assignment leaving her to bring up their four children - and at the same time make her own career; first as one of the most successful literary editors in London, before discovering her true vocation as a biographer.

Writing with the élan and insight which characterise her biographies, Claire Tomalin sets her own life in a wider cultural and political context, vividly and frankly portraying the social pressures on a woman in the fifties and sixties, and showing 'how it was for a European girl growing up in mid-twentieth-century England ... carried along by conflicting desires to have children and a worthwhile working life.'

Claire Tomalin in conversation with Susannah Clapp who has been The Observer’s Theatre Critic since 1997.

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)

Part of the Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival