Cambridge university lecturer begins Gladstone’s Library Residency

Posted 19 June 2017 | 0 Comments

Gladstone’s Library is looking forward to welcoming its third Writer in Residence of 2017, Ruth Scurr. Ruth is a writer, historian and literary critic who was awarded the Residency for her book John Aubrey: My Own Life. Ruth teaches history and politics at Cambridge university where she is a Lecturer and Fellow of Gonville & Caius College.

During her month-long July Residency at Gladstone’s Library Ruth will lead two events. The first is an evening talk which takes place on Tuesday, 18th July at 8pm and considers the French Revolution. Ruth’s history of the French Revolution was praised by Hilary Mantel as ‘the calmest and least abusive history of the Revolution you will ever read’ and chosen as one of the Times best books of the decade. During this hour-long event (with Q&A!) Ruth reveals all. Tickets for this event are priced at £15 which includes a copy of Ruth’s book.

Ruth’s second event is entitled ‘Writing a Life: A Masterclass on Biographical Writing’. In this day-long masterclass, Ruth will help aspiring biographers, historians and students of life-writing with what she calls ‘the freest form of historical writing’. Using examples from historical biography, participants will learn how to write compelling life stories. Tickets for this event are priced at £35 which includes lunch and tea / coffee.

To book either of these events please call 01244 532350 or email

Praise for John Aubrey: My Own Life

‘Light, ingenious, inspiring, a book to reread and cherish. The vigour and spirit on every page would delight John Aubrey, that most individual of thinkers and writers, who has found a biographer of originality and wit. It is reverent, charming, poignant: it is made of the same ingredients as its subject’ – Hilary Mantel

‘An audacious and successful attempt to write a biography in the subject’s own words. Scurr has ingeniously edited Aubrey’s swift, vivid prose into a coherent account of the life lived by one of the most interesting writers of our most exciting century – Philip Pullman, Guardian

‘In an act of daring ventriloquism, Scurr here tells Aubrey’s life story in his own words, stitched together from his scattered manuscripts. The result is a triumph of historical imagination, as vivid and endearing as its subject’s own – Kathryn Hughes, Guardian