Introduction Mark Bostridge; Preface; The Death Mask - Lyndali Gordon; Personality Rights - Andrew Wilson; A Narcissist's Wedding - Graham Robb; Confessions of a Long-Distance Biographer - Robert Skidelsky; A Great House Full of Rooms - Hermione Lee; A Love Triangle - Frances Wilson; Pantherine - Jeremy Lewis; Rebecca's Ghost - Margaret Forster; Breaking In - Andrew Motion; Archives - Diamaid MacCulloch; Glendower's Syndrome - Hillary Spurling; The Dictionary Man - Brian Harrison; Polar Gap - Sara Wheeler; Starting Over - Claire Tomalin; Ipplepen 269 - Mark Bostridge; Optical Research - Antonia Fraser; Catching Trout - Frances Spalding; La-Di-Dah - Andrew Roberts; My Race Not To Be The Second Primo - Ian Thomson; Stuff With Raw Edges - Lucasta Miller; No Respect - John Sutherland; Fever - Kathryn Hughes; Caught in the Net - Ann Wroe; Finding A Good Woman - Michael Holroyd; Brushstrokes - Ben Pimlott; Baptism by Fire - Fiona MacCarthy; He Put my Brother in iis Book - D.J. Taylor; Manuscript Moments - Jenny Uglow; Tarts - Jane Ridley; The Hand from the Grave - Miranda Seymour; Who Is Sylvia? - Claire Harman; Feeling Byronic - T.J. Binyon; And Waiting for the Biographer - Beryl Bainbridge; Biographies
Mark Bostridge's books include Vera Brittain: A Life, shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award, the NCR Prize for Non-Fiction, and the Fawcett Prize, and the bestselling Letters From a Lost Generation. He is currently writing a biography of Florence Nightingale.
"An impressive group of writers" Sunday Telegraph; "A valuable compendium of the biographer's art by some of the leading practitioners" Catholic Herald; "Gently amusing and occasionally perceptive collection of biographers' confessions" Guardian"