Kathryn Hughes was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and holds a PhD in Victorian History. For the past fifteen years she has combined a career in literary journalism with university lecturing. Her first book, The Victorian Governess (1994) was based on her PhD. George Eliot: the Last Victorian (1999) won the James Tait Black award. In 2005 she published The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton, listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Andre Simon Prize. Mrs Beeton and George Eliot were both subsequently filmed by the BBC, for which films she acted as consultant. Professor Hughes is also editor of George Eliot: A Family History (2000). Kathryn Hughes has won many national prizes for her journalism and her historical writing. She regularly presents Open Book and is a critic for Saturday Review and Front Row (all BBC Radio 4). Since 2003 she has been employed by the Guardian as a book reviewer and commentator, and is also a contributing editor to Prospect magazine. Kathryn Hughes has been a university lecturer since 1989, and in 2001 started teaching on UEA’s MA in Life Writing, the programme which she currently convenes.
Kathryn Hughes is Professor of Lifewriting and Convenor of the MA in Lifewriting. Her first book The Victorian Governess was based on her PhD in Victorian History. George Eliot: the Last Victorian won the James Tait Black award, and The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Andre Simon Prize. Both books were filmed by the BBC. Kathryn is also editor of George Eliot: A Family History and has won many national prizes for her journalism and historical writing. She is a contributing editor to Prospect magazine as well as a book reviewer and commentator for the Guardian and BBC Radio.
Dickens world and Dickens's worldFull Text UEA Repository
Silas Marner - AfterwordUEA Repository
Janet's Repentance (Hesperus Classics)UEA Repository
The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs BeetonUEA Repository
Key Research Interests
In terms of PhD supervision, Kathryn Hughes is interested in hearing from anyone who is interested in exploring the history and theory of English/British biography, as well as anyone who is intending to write the life of a subject who inhabits the ‘long nineteenth century’. Kathryn Hughes was brought up between the English Home Counties and the Welsh Marches and is particularly interested in agricultural life histories in the pre/industrial age, which form the subject of her current book project.
Kathryn teaches on the MA in Lifewriting.