All items: Claire Harman

Claire Harman speaks with Caroline Sanderson about the painstaking, and sometimes obsessive art of literary biography, and how careful detective work can bring new insights into even the most written-about lives.

An avid reader from childhood, Katharine McMahon found herself increasingly drawn into the world of that precociously literary family the Brontës, finding in their life histories, as much as in their novels, echoes of her own preoccupations and experience.