Lucy Hughes-Hallett

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Lucy Angela Hughes-Hallett (born 7 December 1951)[1] is a British cultural historian and biographer.[2]

Born in London, Hughes-Hallett is the daughter of Michael Wyndham Norton Hughes-Hallett by his marriage to Penelope Ann Fairbairn.[3] Her father was a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards.[4] In 1984, she married Dan Franklin and they have two daughters.[3]

Hughes-Hallett has written book reviews regularly for The Sunday Times. In November 2013, she won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction for her biography of the Italian writer Gabriele D'Annunzio, The Pike.[5] The book also won the 2013 Costa Book Award (Biography).[6][7]

She is one of the judges of the Duff Cooper Prize and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[8]

In 2017, at age 65, Hughes-Hallett published her first novel, Peculiar Ground.[9]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Lucy Hughes-Hallett". Debrett's. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Sheri Berman (August 30, 2013). "'Gabriele d'Annunzio' by Lucy Hughes-Hallett". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b ‘HUGHES-HALLETT, Lucy’, in Who's Who 2014 (A. & C. Black, Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014)
  4. ^ The London Gazette (Supplement) dated 17 May 1949, p. 2406
  5. ^ Mark Brown (November 4, 2013). "Biography of Italian fascist wins Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction". The Guardian. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Former winners recapture Costa prize". BBC News. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Mark Brown (26 November 2013). "Costa book awards 2013: late author on all-female fiction shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on October 2, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Rustin, Susanna (May 13, 2017). "Lucy Hughes-Hallett: ‘Here I am, late in life. I wanted to write a novel all that time’". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Bianchi, R. S. (1991). "(Review of) Cleopatra. Histories, Dreams and Distortions". Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt. 28: 239–240. doi:10.2307/40000593. 
  11. ^ Oliver, Taplin (December 3, 2004). "History & Biography - Heroes - Saviours, traitors and supermen - Lucy Hughes-Hallett". Times Literary Supplement. p. 27.