Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a cultural historian, writer and critic. She is the author of the widely acclaimed Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions, which won the Fawcett Prize and the Emily Toth Award; and Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen. Her most recent book is The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio Poet, Seducer & Preacher of War, about the colourful life of one of Italy’s most famous and notorious poets. A highly respected critic, she has reviewed for all the major British newspapers. Lucy is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.