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 loveable 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: In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815, Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories, Hogarth: A Life and a World , The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future, Nature’s Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick, A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration and The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh.