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One of the most lavishly praised books of the year, Jenny Uglow's masterful history is a swarming, hugely-readable group portrait of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, the group of friends who launched the industrial revolution.
Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria, and then Dorset. After leaving Oxford, she worked in publishing and is now an Editorial Director of Chatto and Windus, part of Random House. She reviews for radio and for the Times Literary Supplement, Sunday Times and the Guardian, and acts as historical consultant on several BBC 'classic serials', including Wives and Daughters, The Way We Live Now, Daniel Deronda, and the forthcoming Trollope adaptationHe Knew He Was Right.Jenny is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was on the Advisory Group for the Humanities of the British Library, and is Vice-President of the Gaskell Society and an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick.
Winner of PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2003 and James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Biography) 2002.