Claire Harman’s first book, a biography of Sylvia Townsend Warner, was published in 1989 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She has since published biographies of Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson and edited works by Stevenson and Warner. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006.
Townsend Warner brings 19th-century Paris to pungent life in this thrilling novel of a proper Victorian aristocrat’s political and emotional awakening among the barricades. “Her best book.”—Sarah Waters