Rachel Holmes is the author of Eleanor Marx: A Life, serialised on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, winner of a 2015 Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence Prize and shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize.
She is also the author of The Hottentot Venus: The life and death of Saartjie Baartman and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry. Holmes co-edited, with Lisa Appignanesi and Susie Orbach, their much-discussed Fifty Shades of Feminism. In 2010 she received an Arts Council cultural leadership award as one of Britain’s Fifty Women to Watch. She is one of the 80-strong Writers at Liberty focused on supporting the Liberty campaign to save our Human Rights Act.