Rachel Holmes

Rachel Holmes is a cultural historian, author of The Hottentot Venus and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry and co-editor of Fifty Shades of Feminism. She is curator of the new Impossible Conversations series at the Donmar Warehouse.
True Tales?
For the first time, JBW commissioned new work; storytelling with a common theme. We entitled this evening ‘True Tales?’ and selected some of our favourite writers who presented works of either truth or fiction. The tales were themed ‘Imprints of Home and Exile’. Throught the evening the writers offered suggestions of what remains when we leave home; which aspects of home leave us and which do we carry with us? Then they turned to the audience to vote on whether the story they j...
Rachel Holmes on Eleanor Marx: A Life

Rachel Holmes talks to Rachel Cooke about her critically acclaimed biography of Eleanor Marx. Marx’s favourite daughter was a revolutionary socialist campaigner and fiery feminist. She translated Madame Bovary and directed the first British performance of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, while leading trade unions and editing her father’s key political works. She was not, however, beyond human frailty: love proved to be her nemesis.