Witty, courageous and unconventional, Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the most controversial figures of her day. She published "A Vindication of the Rights of Women", lived through the Terror in France, had an illegitimate daughter and married the philosopher William Godwin before dying in childbirth at the age of 38. Claire Tomalin's first book inaugurated a glittering career, and brought to life one of the great figures in the history of women.
Claire Tomalin has been the literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. She has written seven highly acclaimed literary biographies including Samuel Pepys which was Whitbread Book of the Year and the international bestseller Charles Dickens. She is married to the playwright and novelist Michael Frayn.