Chair: Carmen Callil
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Peter Conradi’s ‘masterpiece’ of a memoir ranges from his European Jewish forebears who came to Britain in the Victorian era to novelist and philosopher Iris Murduch, whose biography Conradi wrote. He writes movingly of their close relationship, of his public school and life on a kibbutz, of participating in the early years of gay rights, and becoming a writer.
Peter J. Conradi is English Professor Emeritus at Kingston University. He is known as the official biographer of Iris Murdoch, whose essays and letters he also collected and edited, in separate volumes. He has also written a study of Murdoch’s novels. In addition, he is the biographer of the soldier-poet Frank Thompson, the author of a guide to buddhism, Going Buddhist, and has published At the Bright Hem of God, a literary exploration of Radnorshire
Carmen Callil founded Virago Press in 1972. At Virago, amongst other business and editorial aspects of the company, she was responsible for the creation and development of the Virago Modern Classics list.