Before becoming a full-time writer I worked for many years in publishing, as an editor with Penguin, Oxford University Press, and Writers and Readers. As a journalist I have written for the Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Listener, Spectator and Vole magazine. I have also been features editor of the Times Educational Supplement, co-founder and editor of Arts Express magazine, editor of the National Theatre’s magazine StageWrite, programme editor at the Old Vic theatre, and contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography.
My books cover theatre, film, history, education, and the environment, and include biographies of John Gielgud, Sybil Thorndike, AS Neill, and my father, the actor John Stuart. Recent titles are In Search of Gielgud: A Biographer’s Tale, based on my diary of the time; and Closely Observed Theatre: From the National to the Old Vic, a second collection of my theatre journalism.
My most recent book is Performing King Lear: Gielgud to Russell Beale, based on my interviews with a wide range of star actors and directors, who talk in detail about the formidable challenges presented by Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Published by Bloomsbury in their Arden Shakespeare series.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org