Victoria Glendinning is a biographer and novelist. She also writes reviews and articles, and does broadcasts and talks on all kinds of subjects.
Her biographies include A Suppressed Cry: Life and Death of a Quaker Daughter; Elizabeth Bowen: Portait of a Writer; Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Biography); Edith Sitwell: A Unicorn Among Lions (winner of the Duff Cooper Prize and the James Tait Black Prize); Rebecca West; Anthony Trollope (another Whitbread Prize for Biography), Jonathan Swift and Leonard Woolf. Her most recent biography is a life of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, published by Profile. Her novels include The Grown-Ups, Electricity and Flight.
Victoria’s latest novel, The Butcher’s Daughter, was published in 2018, and she is currently working on a non-fiction book about the John Lewis partnership, to be published by HarperCollins.
Victoria is a Vice-President of English PEN, a Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Trustee of the Man Booker Foundation, and was awarded a CBE in 1998. She lives with her husband Kevin O’Sullivan in Dorset. Her enthusiasms include travel, walking and gardening, and spending time with her four sons and nine grandchildren.