Hilary Spurling

Hilary Spurling is the author of the universally acclaimed biography of Henri Matisse which was the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2005. Her biography of Ivy Compton-Burnett won the Heinemann and Duff Cooper prizes. She has also written biographies of Paul Scott and La Grande Therese (Profile). She has been an arts critic for the Spectator, Observer and Telegraph, and lives in London.