Sara Wheeler to write Jan Morris biography

Faber, which published many of the books of Jan Morris, has bought a biography of her by her fellow travel writer Sara Wheeler, The Bookseller reported yesterday. Laura Hassan, associate publisher at the company, said Wheeler’s proposal promised “a spirited, truly compelling” book and that the project was “the perfect marriage of subject and writer”.

Morris died in 2020, at 94. A collection of essays, Allegorizings, looking back over key moments of her life, appeared, as she had wished, the following year. Wheeler’s biography is scheduled for publication in 2026, to tie in with the centenary of Morris’s birth, when Faber will be organising events to celebrate her legacy.

3 responses to “Sara Wheeler to write Jan Morris biography”

  1. Dawn Hardy avatar
    Dawn Hardy

    I shall have to contain my impatience until 2026??? Such a long wait! My first introduction to Jan Morris’ writing was ‘Conundrum’, while still a student in the mid-1970s, and I was immediately hooked on her fabulous writing style, her observation skills, and her humanity. I came much later (not least because they were published two decades later) to Sara Wheeler’s excellent tales from Chile and Antarctica, both places that I have had the fortune to experience myself. Her wonderful books immediately transported me back there. In short, the combination of Morris and Wheeler is one eagerly to be anticipated. I cannot wait … but will just have to.

  2. Fran Jaye avatar
    Fran Jaye

    I heard Sara Wheeler onBBC’s Opening Lines programme today and am very much looking forward to her book on Jan Morris, coming out in2026. Conundrum was wonderful. I read it many many years ago,and the updated version which came out some years after the first.

    1. deskbound avatar

      Hello, Fran. Thanks for this, and apologies for taking a while to respond. I’ll pass your comments on to Sara Wheeler. In case you haven’t already come across it, her latest book is Glowing Still: A Woman’s Life on the Road.

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