Lucy Hughes-Hallett is the author of the novel Peculiar Ground - described by reviewers as 'subtle', 'compelling', 'powerful', 'almost Tolstoyan in its sly wit and descriptive brilliance', 'a teeming, heaving whirligig of a novel, 'one of the best novels of the year' and a 'wonderful book'. It has been shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.
Her previous book, The Pike: Gabriele D'Annunzio, won all three of the UK's most prestigious prizes for non-fiction - the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Costa Biography Award - as well as the Political Book Awards Biography of the Year. Her other books are the acclaimed cultural histories Heroes and Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions. Cleopatra won the Fawcett Prize and the Emily Toth Award.
This autumn she is one of the curators of the Metamorphoses Festival on classical currents in contemporary culture, at Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College and Queen's House.
She lives in London and Suffolk.