Jenny Uglow’s latest book, Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense is an illustrated biography of Edward Lear, as natural history artist, landscape painter, travel writer and outsider – as well as the much-loved author of ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’ and a host of hilarious limericks.

Her other books include:  Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories; Hogarth: A Life and a World ; The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future; Cultural Babbage ( with Francis Spufford); Nature’s Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick; A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration; Words and Pictures; In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815;  A Little History of British Gardening; The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh and Walter Crane in the Thames & Hudson ‘Illustrators’ series.