Lyndall Gordon

Agent: Isobel Dixon

Biography: A much-celebrated biographer, Lyndall Gordon lives in Oxford. Her ability to make the subjects of her biographies come vividly to life has won her many literary awards, including the Cheltenham Prize and the James Tait Black prize. She has also been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and the Comisso Prize.

Candia McWilliam calls her 'A rare phenomenon: a biographer whose preoccupations and authorial career reveal a flowering towards imaginative truth.' Brenda Maddox talks of her 'adventurous scholarship'.

Longlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (2015) and the Warwick Prize for Writing (2015) - DIVIDED LIVES 

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'[Lyndall Gordon's biographies] are characterised by an almost preternatural sensitivity to the inner lives of her subjects...'Frances Wilson, Mail on Sunday

OUTSIDERS: FIVE WOMEN WRITERS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD Literary Biography, 336 pages Virago, October 2017 Lyndall Gordon turns her insightful gaze to several extraordinary literary women who chose to live and create at the margins. In powerful chapters with titles like ‘Prodigy’, ‘Spinster’ and ‘Visionary’, she focuses on the connections between creativity and shadow in lives at their boldest moment – the lives of Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf.

OUTSIDERS: FIVE WOMEN WRITERS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Literary Biography, 336 pages
Virago, October 2017

Lyndall Gordon turns her insightful gaze to several extraordinary literary women who chose to live and create at the margins. In powerful chapters with titles like ‘Prodigy’, ‘Spinster’ and ‘Visionary’, she focuses on the connections between creativity and shadow in lives at their boldest moment – the lives of Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf.

DIVIDED LIVES: DREAMS OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER Memoir, 328 pages Virago - June 2014 Richly layered memoir about the expectations of love and duty between mother and daughter.

DIVIDED LIVES: DREAMS OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

Memoir, 328 pages
Virago - June 2014

Richly layered memoir about the expectations of love and duty between mother and daughter.

LIVES LIKE LOADED GUNS: EMILY DICKINSON AND HER FAMILY'S FEUDS Literary biography, 491 pages Virago - April 7, 2011 Shortlisted for The Duff Cooper Prize 2010 Shortlisted for the Comisso Prize, Italy in 2013  A groundbreaking biography of the elusive American poet, delving into the reasons for Emily Dickinson's legendary reclusiveness.

LIVES LIKE LOADED GUNS: EMILY DICKINSON AND HER FAMILY'S FEUDS

Literary biography, 491 pages
Virago - April 7, 2011

Shortlisted for The Duff Cooper Prize 2010
Shortlisted for the Comisso Prize, Italy in 2013 


A groundbreaking biography of the elusive American poet, delving into the reasons for Emily Dickinson's legendary reclusiveness.

VIRGINIA WOOLF: A WRITER'S LIFE Literary biography, 370 pages Virago - January 17, 2007 Winner of the James Tait Black prize for biography 'A masterpiece of the kind of intuitive biography in which Virginia Woolf herself believed.' -- The Times Higher Educational Supplement 

VIRGINIA WOOLF: A WRITER'S LIFE

Literary biography, 370 pages
Virago - January 17, 2007

Winner of the James Tait Black prize for biography

'A masterpiece of the kind of intuitive biography in which Virginia Woolf herself believed.' -- The Times Higher Educational Supplement