Is it inhibiting or invaluable for biographers to have had a personal relationship with the subject of their books? Michael Bloch, a close friend of James Lees-Milne (renowned for his work with the National Trust), is both his biographer and editor of his inimitable diaries. Selina Hastings' The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham was widely considered the literary biography of 2009. She was a friend of her previous subject, Rosamond Lehmann. Miranda Seymour's most recent biography is Chaplin's Girl. She has also written a revealing memoir of her father. Chaired by Andrew Lownie, founder of the Biographers' Club. (DeadGoodBooks)
Selina Hastings, the journalist and biographer of 4 literary biographies, including those of Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford, is also a children's book author. On reading her webpage "about me" Selina Hastings, they seem to be one and the same person -- she says she has written a number of childrens books http://www.selinahastings.com/index.p...
Children's Illustrated Bible 838 copies, 4 reviews
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham: A Biography 226 copies, 7 reviews
Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady 206 copies, 6 reviews
Nancy Mitford 146 copies, 2 reviews
Evelyn Waugh: A Biography 141 copies, 1 review
Illustrated Jewish Bible for Children 130 copies, 1 review
David & Goliath: And Other Bible Stories 97 copies, 2 reviews
The Birth of Jesus (Bible Stories) 91 copies
The Miracles of Jesus (Bible Stories) 87 copies
Noah's Ark: And Other Bible Stories 80 copies
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 74 copies, 2 reviews
Rosamond Lehmann 61 copies, 2 reviews
Peter and the Wolf 43 copies
Reynard the Fox 22 copies, 2 reviews
The Man Who Wanted to Live Forever 22 copies, 2 reviews
The Firebird 18 copies
The Singing Ringing Tree 12 copies, 1 review
Familjens Bibel 2 copies
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