Frances Wilson is a biographer and critic.
Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey (Bloomsbury) was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction 2016 and short-listed for the National Book Critics Circles Award, the LA Times Book Awards, and the BIO Plutarch Prize. It was named Book of the Year in The Guardian, TLS, Spectator, and Telegraph, and cited by Booklist as one of the ten best-reviewed books in America during 2016.
How to Survive the Titanic: Or, the Sinking of J Bruce Ismay (Bloomsbury, 2011) won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography and The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth (Faber, 2008) won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Award.
Her other books include The Courtesan’s Revenge: Harriette Wilson, the Woman Who Blackmailed the King (Book of the Week, Radio 4) and Literary Seductions: Compulsive Writers and Diverted Readers. She is currently writing a life of D H Lawrence.