The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett is the first biography by Helen Smith and has just been published by Jonathan Cape in the UK. It will be published in America by Farrar, Straus and Giroux next month. Helen is a lecturer in Non-Fiction and Modern Literature at UEA and Director of the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction. She has a MA and PhD from UEA, and has previously written on Edward Garnett and his relationship with various authors in Ford Madox Ford’s Literary Contacts and in Translation and Literature. She has won the Biographers’ Club Prize and the RSL Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction. The proposal for The Uncommon Reader was the winner of the Biographers’ Club Prize and a RSL/Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction.