Lucy Hughes-Hallett

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Lucy Angela Hughes-Hallett (born 7 December 1951)[1] is a British cultural historian, biographer[2] and novelist. In November 2013, she won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction for her biography of the Italian writer Gabriele D'Annunzio, The Pike.[3] The book also won the 2013 Costa Book Award (Biography)[4][5] and the Duff Cooper Prize.


Born in London, Hughes-Hallett is the daughter of Michael Wyndham Norton Hughes-Hallett by his marriage to Penelope Ann Fairbairn.[6] In 1984, she married Dan Franklin and they have two daughters.[6]

Hughes-Hallett has written book reviews for all of the British broadsheet newspapers including The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She was television critic of the London Evening Standard for five years. She has judged the WH Smith Award, The Duff Cooper Prize, The Encore Award and the RSL Jerwood Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[7]

In 2017, Hughes-Hallett published her first novel, Peculiar Ground.[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Hughes-Hallett, L. (1990). Cleopatra: Histories, dreams and distortions. New York: Harper & Row.[9]
  • Hughes-Hallett, L. (2004). Heroes: Saviours, traitors and supermen. London: Fourth Estate.[10]
  • Hughes-Hallett, L. (2013). The Pike: Gabriele D'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War, London : Fourth Estate
  • Hughes-Hallett, L. (2017) Peculiar Ground, London: Fourth Estate


  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. ^ Mark Brown (November 4, 2013). "Biography of Italian fascist wins Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction". The Guardian. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Former winners recapture Costa prize". BBC News. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  5. ^ Mark Brown (26 November 2013). "Costa book awards 2013: late author on all-female fiction shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  6. ^ a b ‘HUGHES-HALLETT, Lucy’, in Who's Who 2014 (A. & C. Black, Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014)
  7. ^ "Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on October 2, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Oliver, Taplin (December 3, 2004). "History & Biography - Heroes - Saviours, traitors and supermen - Lucy Hughes-Hallett". Times Literary Supplement. p. 27.