Tom Bower

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Biography is one of the great literary growth areas, reaching a huge number of readers. But how do authors deal with the scandals, rivalries, secrets and lies they may come across in the course of their work? Is it a question of publish and be damned? Or should the subject's privacy always be respected?

Tom Bower is the country's bestselling biographer of contemporary public figures, renowned for his no-holds-barred approach. Michael Freedland has published several authorised biographies alongside many others, often on showbiz subjects, while Anne Sebba's subjects are usually literary or historical personalities. Together with Tom Sutcliffe they discussed the experience of writing in this most fascinating of genres.

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2005

Thursday, 10 March 2005

Biography is one of the great literary growth areas, reaching a huge number of readers. But how do authors deal with the scandals, rivalries, secrets and lies they may come across in the course of their work? Is it a question of publish and be damned? Or should the subject's privacy always be respected?

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