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Lucy Moore

Non-fiction writer

Lucy Moore’s books are narrative nonfiction, historical and broadly biographical. The Thieves’ Opera: the lives and times of Jonathan Wild, thief-taker, and Jack Sheppard, house-breaker (Viking, 1997), her first book, was a double biography of two eighteenth-century villains; her most recent, Nijinsky: a life (Profile, 2013), profiled the legendary Ballets Russes dancer and choreographer.

Throughout her career she has contributed to various television programmes, presenting, acting as talking head and consulting, but her main interest is the potential that books possess to bring the past to life. Her favourite historical period is the French Revolution, inspiration for her sixth book, Liberty: the lives and times of six women in revolutionary France, and her current project is a biography of the English Civil War memoirist and receipt-book writer, Ann Fanshawe.

She lives in south London with her husband and two young sons.

Lucy Moore


School of Advanced Study, University of London 2017-19
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