Ridley, Jasper

Jasper Godwin Ridley (25 May 1920 – 1 July 2004) was a British writer, known for historical biographies. He received the 1970 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his biography Lord Palmerston. Born in West Hoathly, Sussex, he was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. He trained and practiced as a barrister, before […]

Raitt, Alan

Alan Raitt was one of the most distinguished post-war British scholars of 19th-century French literature, particularly noted for his work on Flaubert and on Villiers de l’Isle-Adam. A Special Lecturer in French Literature at Oxford University from 1976, and then from 1979 Reader, he was appointed to a personal chair in 1992. The novel with […]

Rose, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Rose is a feminist thinker whose books include: Sexuality in the Field of Vision and The Last Resistance (both Verso Radical Thinkers), The Haunting of Sylvia Plath, Women in Dark Times, Mothers – an essay on love and cruelty, the novel Albertine, and most recently, On Violence and On Violence Against Women. She is co-director of […]

Roffey, Monique

Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian born British writer of novels, essays, literary journalism and a memoir.  Her most recent novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch, (Peepal Tree Press) won the Costa Book of the Year Award, 2020, and was nominated for eight major awards. The film rights were sold to Dorothy Street Pictures and […]

Ryan, Frances


Dr. Frances Ryan is a columnist and reporter for The Guardian, and author of Crippled. Ryan was highly commended for the Georgina Henry Prize at the 2020 National Press Awards, as well as highly commended Specialist Journalist of the Year in 2019. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism, and […]

Runciman, David

David Runciman is Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the British Academy.  His books include The Confidence Trap (2013), How Democracy Ends (2018) and Where Power Stops (2019).  He writes regularly about politics for the London Review of Books, where he is also Contributing Editor.  He is the founder and host […]

Rocco, Fiammetta

Fiammetta Rocco is the chief culture writer at The Economist. For more than 20 years she was The Economist‘s literary editor and since 2005 has been the administrator of the International Booker Prize.