Four's a Crowd? The Onward March of Group Biography - The Biographer's Club x Hatchards

What are the challenges of writing a group biography? What are the advantages? Does the theme of the biography threaten to eclipse the stories of individuals? How can you ensure balance when some subjects have a rich store of life material and others do not? How do you ensure that the group biography is an organic whole and not a collection of short biographical sketches?

To tease out these questions and many more we welcome Jad Adams, author of Decadent Women: Yellow Book Lives; Harriet Baker, author of Rural Hours and Leah Broad, author of Quartet: How Four Women Changed the Musical World.

Jad Adams’ book explores the lives of the bold and independent women of the 1890s who left home to seek financial and sexual freedom, writing for the innovative art and literary journal The Yellow Book. Some were well-heeled and well-connected aristocrats, others were desperately poor, but all had to navigate the challenges posed by an overwhelmingly male establishment and forge their own trail, whether of adventure and romance or of poverty and squalor.

Harriet Baker’s Rural Hours tells the story of three very different women and writers, each of whom was forever changed by their move to the countryside. Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Rosamond Lehmann had very different reasons for immersing themselves in rural life, but each was invigorated by the move and each embarked there on new experiments in writing, new ways of living and loving.

In Quartet: How Four Women Changed the Musical World Leah Broad rescues four pioneering women musicians from the margins of classical music history. Celebrities in their time, these talented women excelled in their careers but became ghostly presences, relegated to muses and footnotes to their male contemporaries. Broad resurrects four lives of rebellion, ambition and heartbreak and truly celebrates their musical achievements at last.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening!

IMPORTANT Please note that due to the Hatchards customer lift being refurbished, access to the event is by stairs only. Many apologies for any inconvenience this causes.