Kathryn Hughes is a biographer, journalist and literary critic and Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia.
As a biographer she specialises in the Victorians. Her previous lecture at the HLSI was on the subject of her much acclaimed biography of Mrs Beeton.
Kathryn regularly presents ‘Open Book’ for BBC Radio 4 and is also a critic for ‘Saturday Review’ and ‘Front Row’. She is an entertaining and trenchant reviewer for the Guardian, the TLS and the Economist and is a contributing editor to Prospect magazine.
Her particular interests are in Victorian history and present day popular culture.
Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum is a collection of twelve essays exploring the Victorians’ “notoriously strange attitudes to the body” ( the Guardian 15.01.17)