Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is a biographer and critic who is a Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of Becoming Dickens (Harvard UP, 2011), which was awarded the 2011 Duff Cooper Prize, and Victorian Afterlives (OUP, 2002), and has also produced editions of Dickens's Christmas stories, Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor, and Charles Kingsley's The Water-Babies for Oxford World's Classics. He writes regularly for publications including the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, TLS, Art Newspaper and New Statesman. Radio and television appearances include Start the Week and The Culture Show, and he has also acted as the historical consultant on BBC productions of Jane Eyre, Emma and Great Expectations. He lives in Oxford.