Gabriele D’Annunzio: poet, librettist, novelist, aeronaut, libertine, selfproclaimed liberator of Trieste and fascist. Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s biography of this fascinating and monstrous character won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction last year. In an unconventional but compelling style Hughes-Hallett imagines scenes from D’Annunzio’s life as she attempts to understand a figure both lauded and vilified in his lifetime.
Born in London, Lucy Angela Hughes-Hallett has written book reviews regularly for The Sunday Times. In 2013, The Pike won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction as well as the 2013 Costa Book Award for Biography She is one of the judges of the Duff Cooper Prize and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.