Lifescapes

Lifescapes A Biographer's Search for the Soul

Paperback (11 Jul 2024)

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Publisher's Synopsis

The acclaimed biographer and obituarist for The Economist reflects on a career spent pursuing life and capturing it on the page

'Lifescapes is the universe in miniature'
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It is soul that I go looking for. Or, to put it another way, real life.

'She's a genius, I believe'
HILARY MANTEL, author of Wolf Hall

'What is life?' asked the poet Shelley, and could not come up with an answer. Scientists, too, for all their understanding of how life manifests, thrives and evolves, have still not plumbed that fundamental question. Yet biographers and obituarists continue to corral lives in a few columns, or a few hundred pages, aware all the time how fleeting and elusive their subject is.

In this dazzlingly original blend of memoir, biography, observation and poetry, Ann Wroe reflects on the art and impossibility of capturing life on the page. Through her experiences and those of others, through people she has known, studied or merely glimpsed in windows, she movingly explores what makes a life and how that life lingers after.

Animated by Wroe's rare imagination, eye for the telling detail, and the wit, beauty and clarity of her writing, Lifescapes is a luminous, deeply personal answer to Shelley's question.

About the Publisher

Vintage

Vintage

Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529922547
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 809.93592
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 159g
Height: 196mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 14mm