Lucy Hughes-Hallett is an award-winning cultural historian and critic. She is the author of Heroes: A History of Hero Worship,Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams, and Distortions, and Gabriele D'Annunzio: Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War, which won the 2013 Samuel Johnon Prize. She has written on books, theater, and television for most of the leading British newspapers. For five years she was television critic for the London Evening Standard and has long been a regular contributor to The Sunday Times (London) Books Section. She has judged a number of literary prizes, and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London.