A well-known broadcaster and critic, Fiona MacCarthy established herself as one of the leading writers of biography in Britain with her widely acclaimed book Eric Gill
, published in 1989. Her biography of Byron was described by A. N. Wilson as 'a flawless triumph' and William Morris
won the Wolfson History Prize and the Writers' Guild Non-Fiction Award. She most recently published Last Curtsey,
a memoir of her early life as a debutante.
Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Hon. Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She was awarded the OBE for services to literature in 2009.