Author(s): Claire Tomalin
This is the story of someone who - almost - wasn't there; who vanished into thin air. Her names, dates, family and experiences very nearly disappeared from the record for good...Claire Tomalin's multi-award-winning story of the relationship between Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a remarkable work of biography and historical revisionism. It not only returns the neglected actress to her rightful place in history, but provides a compelling and truthful portrait of the great Victorian novelist. By examining his diaries and pursuing various other leads, Claire Tomalin is able to detail the relationship beyond all reasonable doubt. The result is a thrilling literary detective story.
Claire Tomalin has written seven highly acclaimed biographies, and has won a host of prizes. Her Samuel Pepys was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002. Her biography of Charles Dickens, published in 2011, was an international bestseller. A former literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times, she is married to the novelist and playwright Michael Frayn.