Jenny Uglow

b. 1947

Jenny Uglow was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1998.

I’ve been a Fellow of the RSL for several years, a Member of the Council for three, enjoying lively discussions of prizes and  grants, education ventures and talks programmes. In January 2015 I will taking over as Chair of the Council from Anne Chisholm – a hard act to follow.

Before that, in November, my new book comes out, In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815. We’re all taught to avoid the lazy old cliché, ‘meanwhile across the Channel the French Revolution had broken out’. But one day I thought, hang on, it had broken out – what difference did it, and the twenty years of war that followed, make to ordinary people – farmers, bankers, shopkeepers, poets and paupers? It has been utterly fascinating to write, but I’m still full of nerves.

To take my mind off this I’ve been reading Richard Flanagan’s brilliant, chilling novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and Janice Hadlow’s cracking account of George III and the bizarre Hanoverians,  The Strangest Family. Now I’m deep into The Accident by Chris Pavone – a page-turning thriller set in new York publishing circles – glad nothing like this happened when I was working at Chatto!

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Articles by Jenny Uglow

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Biograpahers Patrick French, Richard Holmes, Hermione Lee, Ruth Scurr and Jenny Uglow celebrate Michael Holroyd's 80th birthday.

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Sarah Losh: architect, antiquarian and visionary

Jenny Uglow and  Hermione Lee on Sarah Losh of Wreay.

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Jenny Uglow is to be the next Chair of the RSL

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