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The Invisible Woman


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Claire Tomalin's multi-award-winning story of the life of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a remarkable work of biography and historical revisionism that returns the neglected actress to her rightful place in history.

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Claire Tomalin has written seven highly acclaimed biographies, and has won a host of prizes. Her Samuel Pepys was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002. Her biography of Charles Dickens, published in 2011, was an international bestseller. A former literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times, she is married to the novelist and playwright Michael Frayn.


"Captivating. . . . An absorbing book about...a character who helps to illuminate the life of a great artist and the life of her times." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"As social history, literary criticism, and, not least, an absorbing detective story, The Invisible Woman is a wonderful book." -Newsday

"Groundbreaking." -The Guardian (UK)

"This is feminist biography at its best." -Leon Edel

"Part social history, part detective story, wholly enthralling." -John Carey, The Sunday Times (London)

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