Miranda Seymour is an English literary critic, novelist, and biographer who is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and, in recent years, a visiting Professor of English Studies at the Nottingham Trent University. Seymour is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
In 2001, Miranda Seymour came across material on Hellé Nice, a glamorous, long forgotten French Grand Prix racing driver from the 1930s. After extensive research on a well-buried subject, Seymour published a highly acclaimed book (2004) about Hellé Nice's extraordinary and ultimately tragic life. Her most recent publication is In My Father's House: Elegy for an Obsessive Love (Simon and Schuster, UK). The same book is published in the US as Thrumpton Hall (Harper Collins) and has won the 2008 Pen Ackerley Prize for Memoir of the Year. Always attracted by unusual and challenging subjects, Seymour has most recently published the life of a thirties film star, Virginia Cherrill, basing her work upon a substantial archive in private ownership.