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Graham Robb

Best-selling author Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He is an acclaimed historian and biographer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has won the Whitbread Biography Prize and the Heinemann Award for Victor Hugo, as well as the Ondaatje Prize and Duff Cooper Prize for The Discovery of France. His book Parisians was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. He lives on the Anglo-Scottish border.

Awards

Books by Graham Robb

  1. Book CoverBalzac: A Biography


    “Honoré de Balzac was one of the greatest storytellers who ever lived, and now at last he has a biography that tells his story in a way Balzac himself would have loved—with all the ambiguities, the flaws, the illusions and myths, the realities of street and salon, the loves and affairs, and above all the imperishable stories that still have the power to make us laugh out loud in one minute and weep in the next. Robb has given us a splendid tale, meticulously researched, lovingly put together, and beautifully told. Those who know Balzac will not be able to put his book down; those who don’t know him will rush from this biography to the literary treasures created by the writer Robb describes for us in prose that does justice to its subject.” —Richard Marius, author of Thomas More: A BiographyMore

  2. Book CoverThe Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England


    Best-selling author Graham Robb finds that the 2,000-year-old map of Ptolemy unlocks a central mystery of British history.More

  3. Book CoverThe Discovery of France: A Historical Geography


    "A witty, engaging narrative style…[Robb's] approach is particularly engrossing." —New York Times Book ReviewMore

  4. Book CoverThe Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts


    A treasure hunt that uncovers the secrets of one of the world’s great civilizations, revealing dramatic proof of the extreme sophistication of the Celts, and their creation of the earliest accurate map of the world.More

  5. Book CoverParisians: An Adventure History of Paris


    The New York Times bestseller: the secrets of the City of Light, revealed in the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten—by the author of the acclaimed The Discovery of France.More

  6. Book CoverRimbaud: A Biography


    "Superb...the single best work to read about this haunting and haunted poet."—Richard Howard, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  7. Book CoverStrangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century


    "A brilliant work of social archaeology....A major historical contribution."—Adam Goodheart, The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  8. Book CoverVictor Hugo: A Biography


    "Graham Robb tells the complicated story of this colossal life with authority and sympathy. . . . Unquestionably, a magnificent biography." — Washington Post Book WorldMore