Adam Sisman worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. His last book, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and (like his first book, a biography of A.J.P. Taylor) was shortlisted for several other prizes on both sides of the Atlantic. He has acted as a judge for various prizes, including the Whitbread Awards, and is an occasional broadcaster on radio and television and a reviewer, most recently for the Sunday Telegraph and the Literary Review. He is married to the novelist Robyn Sisman and lives near Bath.