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Yours disgusted, H.G. Wells: the young writer finds marriage insufferable

After a wretched childhood, H.G. Wells was ruthless in making up for lost time, says Frances Wilson

6 November 2021

9:00 AM

6 November 2021

9:00 AM

The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World Claire Tomalin

Viking, pp.272, 20

The Young H.G. Wells is a biography that takes biology seriously. This is partly because H.G. Wells was a biologist before he became a writer of science fiction (his first publication was A Text Book on Biology, which he illustrated himself), but also because Claire Tomalin is alert to the life of the body as well as the mind.

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