Dr Ruth Scurr FRSL (born 1971, London) is a British author, historian and literary critic. She is a Fellow of Gonville & Caius Faculty, Cambridge.

Her first e book, Deadly Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (Chatto & Windus, 2006; Metropolitan Books, 2006) gained the Franco-British Society Literary Prize (2006), was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize (2006), long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize (2007) and was listed among the many 100 Finest Books of the Decade in The Instances in 2009. It has been translated into 5 languages.

Her second e book, John Aubrey: My very own Life (Chatto & Windus, 2015; New York Evaluate of Books, 2016) was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Biography Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. It was chosen as a 2015 E-book of the Yr in fifteen newspapers and magazines, together with: the Every day Telegraph, the Monetary Instances, the Instances, the Sunday Instances, the Instances Literary Complement, the Sunday Specific, the Guardian, the Spectator and the New Statesman. It was chosen as a 2016 E-book of the Yr by Writer’s Weekly, Kirkus Evaluate and the Washington Put up.

Scurr started reviewing recurrently for The Times and The Times Literary Supplement in 1997. Since then she has additionally written for The Daily TelegraphThe ObserverNew Statesman, The London Review of BooksThe New York Review of BooksThe NationThe New York ObserverThe Guardian  and The Wall Street Journal.

That’s from her Wikipedia page.  She is an knowledgeable within the philosophy of biography and her new biography of Napoleon, which views his life via the medium of his involvement with gardens, has been receiving rave opinions.  And right here is her home page, and her article on her Cambridge house.

So what ought to I ask her?


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