Books by Claire Tomalin

Biographer Claire Tomalin was born in London in 1933. After graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge, she worked in publishing for Heinemann, Hutchinson and Cape before switching to journalism, becoming literary editor of both the New Statesman magazine

A LIFE OF MY OWN by Claire Tomalin
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Gossipy at times, mostly serious about literary life, and always smoothly written.
The acclaimed literary editor and biographer offers an extraordinarily candid autobiography. Read full book review >
CHARLES DICKENS by Claire Tomalin
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"Superbly organized, comprehensive and engrossing from start to finish—a strong contender for biography of the year."
Like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an overachiever of genius, and his life was as eventful, dramatic and character-filled as any of his novels. This rich new biography brilliantly captures his world. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"A richly introspective biography sure to rekindle interest in Hardy's writing."
Another wonderfully readable life by veteran biographer and journalist Tomalin (Samuel Pepys, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
SAMUEL PEPYS by Claire Tomalin
Released: Nov. 14, 2002

"A fine work of literary and cultural history."
A sparkling, wonderfully readable biography of the English official less well known for his contributions to good government than for his salacious, achingly self-doubtful diaries. Read full book review >
JANE AUSTEN by Claire Tomalin
Released: Nov. 17, 1997

"Recommended for those seeking a brief introduction to Austen's life, times, and work; those wishing to burrow deep into the author's consciousness will want to consult Nokes. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
The second major Austen biography of the season expertly places the great novelist in her historical moment, without attempting to fully plumb her psyche. Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 1995

"An engaging, colorful portrait, in the best tradition of English popular history. (24 pages illustrations, 8 in color, not seen)"
From the author of The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (1991), another sprightly biography of an English actress with a famous lover. Read full book review >