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University Honour For Author Jenny Uglow

UCE Birmingham is delighted to announce that it has conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of the University upon the author and historian, Jenny Uglow, in recognition of her outstanding literary achievements.

Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria and Dorset and studied English at Oxford. She is Editorial Director of Chatto & Windus, part of Random House, but also reviews widely and has acted as a consultant for the BBC on classic serials including Wives and Daughters, Bleak House and the film version of Pride and Prejudice.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Mrs Uglow's own books include The Macmillan Dictionary of Women and studies of George Eliot and Henry Fielding. Her works, Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories (1992) and Hogarth: A Life and a World (1997) were both short listed for the Whitbread Prize.

The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future (2002) described the brilliant Lunar Society of Birmingham, which included steam engineers Matthew Boulton and James Watt, pioneering potter Josiah Wedgwood, chemist Joseph Priestley and Erasmus Darwin – grandfather of eminent naturalist Charles.  Described by The Observer as 'a spectacular, epic book,' The Lunar Men won the PEN International Prize for history and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography.

Jenny Uglow is also the author of A Little History of British Gardening and her most recent book is Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Berwick. She is married to Steve Uglow, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Kent, with whom she has four grown-up children and lives in Canterbury.

The prestigious award was conferred on Mrs Uglow at 11 am on Friday 9 February 2007 at the UCE Birmingham Awards Congregation ceremony in Symphony Hall, which celebrated the work and achievements of students graduating from UCE Birmingham Faculty of Law, Humanities, Development and Society.

Added by Matt Machell on February 13, 2007