Judith Armstrong

Judith Armstrong


Judith Armstrong left the Russian Department at the University of Melbourne, where she was an Associate Professor, in order to write full-time. Since then she has published one novel, The French Tutor, and five life-stories, including The Cook and the Maestro (Sergio and Stefano de Pieri), War and Peace and Sonya (Sonya Tolstoy).

The most recent is Dymphna (wife of Manning Clark, described in Brian Matthew’s ABR review as a ‘challenging, beautifully managed, and daring biographical adventure, and a judiciously affectionate celebration of a remarkable woman’.

Judy is particularly interested in the hybrid genre of the ‘non-fiction novel’ or ‘fictional biography’, as practised by Hilary Mantel, where rigorous research is extended by the use of imagination and intuition, themselves used with scholarly rigour.

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