Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a cultural historian and novelist. 

Her book on Gabriele d’Annunzio, The Pike, won the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, Duff Cooper Prize, Costa Biography of the Year and the Political Book Awards Biography of the Year. The Pike was recently picked by The Sunday Times as ‘the biography of the decade’.

She has also written the cultural histories, Cleopatra and Heroes, and a novel, Peculiar Ground. Her book Fabulous is a collection of short stories set in modern Britain but based on ancient myth. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association.