Victoria Glendinning is the award-winning biographer of Leonard Woolf, Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West and Jonathan Swift. Her previous novels, The Grown-Ups and Electricity, were critical and commercial successes. She is a past President of English PEN and a Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in Somerset.

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