Kathryn Hughes

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Kathryn Hughes FRSL (born 1959) is a British historian, biographer and journalist. Educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University and the University of East Anglia;[1] her doctorate in Victorian history[2] was developed into her first book, The Victorian Governess. She is the Director of Creative Non-Fiction at the University of East Anglia,[3] though is not based in Norwich and does not write Creative Non-Fiction herself, instead dedicating her time to writing history books and more conservative, traditional biography.[4]

Kathryn Hughes, a contributing editor to Prospect magazine, has reviewed and written for The Guardian, The Economist and The Times Literary Supplement.[2] An occasional presenter of Open Book on BBC Radio 4, she also contributes to the same network's Saturday Review[citation needed]. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Literature.[5]



  • The Victorian Governess, 1993
  • George Eliot: The Last Victorian, 1999
  • The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton, 2005