Marsh Biography Award

2009 - Rosemary Hill for "God's Architect"

Rosemary Hill has won the Marsh Biography Award 2007-2008 for her book Godís Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain [Penguin Press, 2007].

Dr Alastair Niven, representing the Judging Panel stated: Rosemary Hillís book on Pugin is one of the best biographies of recent times. It brings back to our attention the most influential interior designer and architect of the high Victorian period, a man strangely under-recognised in his time and even now coming across to us as vulnerable and in need of re-discovery. This is more than the life of an endearingly human and compulsively energetic artist. It is a study of the social, spiritual and aesthetic life of mid nineteenth-century England. Godís Architect is as close to being a masterpiece of biographical writing as we can be entitled to expect.

Pictured: Rosemary Hill signing copies of her book 'God's Architect'


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