Claire Tomalin, 2013
Born Claire Delavenay 20 June 1933 London, England, UK Occupation Author, journalist Residence London, England, UK Nationality English
Claire Tomalin (born Claire Delavenay on 20 June 1933) is an English author and journalist, known for her biographies on Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen, and Mary Wollstonecraft.
Tomalin was born
Claire Delavenay on 20 June 1933 in London, the daughter of English composer Muriel Herbert and French academic Émile Delavenay.  
Tomalin was educated at
Hitchin Girls' Grammar School, a former state grammar school in  Hitchin in Hertfordshire, and Dartington Hall School, a former boarding school in  Dartington, near Totnes, in Devon, and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge.  
Life and career
Tomalin has written several noted biographies.
Since then she has researched and written:
She also edited and introduced Mary Shelley's story for children, . A collection of her reviews, Maurice Several Strangers, appeared in 1999.
Tomalin organised two exhibitions about the
Regency actress Mrs Jordan at Kenwood in 1995, and about Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley in 1997. In 2004 she unveiled a blue plaque for Mary Wollstonecraft at 45 Dolben Street, Southwark, where Wollstonecraft lived from 1788. She has served on the Committee of the  London Library, and as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and the Wordsworth Trust. She is a Vice-President of the Royal Literary Fund, Royal Society of Literature and of the English PEN.
Tomalin married her first husband, fellow Cambridge graduate
Nicholas Tomalin, a prominent journalist, in 1955, and they had three daughters and two sons.  He was killed while reporting on the Arab-Israeli  Yom Kippur War in 1973. She worked in publishing and journalism as literary editor of the , then New Statesman , while bringing up her children. The Sunday Times She married the novelist and playwright  Michael Frayn in 1993. 
Awards and honours
James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Invisible Woman (1990)
Hawthornden Prize, The Invisible Woman (1991)
Whitbread Book Award, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self (2002)
Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self (2003)
Samuel Pepys Award of the Samuel Pepys Club, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self (2003)
Samuel Johnson Prize, shortlist, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self (2003) Honorary Member
Magdalene College, Cambridge (2003) Honorary Fellow
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge (2003), Newnham College; Cambridge (2004) Honorary
D.Litt: UEA (2005); Birmingham (2005); Greenwich (2006); Cambridge (2007); Goldsmith (2009); Open University (2008); Roehampton (2011); Portsmouth (2012) 
Costa Book Awards (Biography), shortlist, Charles Dickens: A Life (2011)
Biographers International Organization Annual Award (2016)  Bodley Medal (2018) 
A Life of My Own (London, Penguin Books, 2017) ( ISBN 978-0-241-23995-7). Autobiography.
(New York, Charles Dickens: A Life Penguin Books, 2011) ( ISBN 0-14-103693-1).
(New York, Penguin Press, 2007) ( Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man ISBN 978-1-594-20118-9).
, (New York, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) ( ISBN 0-670-88568-1 or 0-14-028234-3).
(Vintage eBooks, 2000) ( Jane Austen: A Life ISBN 0-14-029690-5)
(London, Several Strangers; writing from three decades Viking Books, 1999) ( ISBN 0-670-88567-3); (New York, Penguin, 2000) ( ISBN 0-14-190950-1).
(London, Viking, 1987), 1998 ( Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life ISBN 0-14-011715-6).
, 1995 ( Mrs. Jordan's Profession: The Story of a Great Actress and a Future King ISBN 0-14-015923-1).
The Invisible Woman: The Story of (London, Viking, 1990) (New York, Knopf, 1991) ( Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens ISBN 0-14-012136-6).
(London, Thames and Hudson, 1980) ( Shelley and His World ISBN 0-500-13068-X); (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980) ( ISBN 0-68-416620-8). The Life and Death of (London, Mary Wollstonecraft Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1974), 1992 ( ISBN 0-14-016761-7).
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"The Fitzwilliam Museum - Biography - Claire Tomalin FRSL (b. 1933)". Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 2008 . Retrieved 2017.
team, London SE1 website. "Mary Wollstonecraft blue plaque unveiled". London SE1 . Retrieved 2018.
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"Claire Tomalin: A life in words". 2 July 2018 . Retrieved 2018 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
"Aida Edemariam meets Claire Tomalin", , 18 November 2006 The Guardian
"Claire Tomalin: a Life in Words", BBC World News, Entertainment, 29 Jan 2003
An encounter with Anthony Gardner, from , 2003 The Telegraph Magazine The Observer Profile: Claire Tomalin, by Gaby Wood, , 26 January 2003 The Observer