Ben’s Book Club: ‘Fanny Burney: her life’ by Kate Chisholm

Wednesday May 19 2021, 5pm BST/12pm ET. Register here. 

Join us for the May instalment of Ben’s Book Club, a monthly virtual gathering looking at themes relating to Benjamin Franklin, the 18th century, and American history. 

This month we will be talking to Kate Chisholm about her book ‘Fanny Burney: her life’, which tells the story of Fanny Burney, who is best known for her book Evelina, one of the most engaging novels of the eighteenth century. Over the course of her long life, she was also an incomparable diarist, witnessing both the madness of George III and the young Queen Victoria’s coronation.  

Chisholm’s delightful biography, incorporating the latest research and illustrate with unusual portraits and drawings, is lively, funny, shocking, informative and deeply moving; it paints a vivid portrait of a woman of great talent, against the changing background of England and France, a culture and an age. 

Kate Chisholm is the author of three books, including ‘Fanny Burney: her life’, and used to write about radio for the Spectator magazine. She is a former Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Hawthornden Fellow and is currently working on the Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online project (EMCO) and a book inspired by her family’s life in India. 

You can purchase ‘Fanny Burney: Her Life’ here. 

Join us even if you don’t have a chance to read the book by the event date! 

This event is free of charge but please consider making an online donation here to support the work of Benjamin Franklin House.