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Madibaland World Literary Festival: Elizabeth Collingham


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Lizzie Collingham is a historian interested in linking the minutiae of daily life to the broad sweep of historical processes. She is the author of Imperial Bodies: The physical experience of the Raj; Curry: a tale of cooks and conquerors; The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food and The Hungry Empire: how Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World. She taught History at Warwick University and was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. She is now an independent writer. She was commissioned to write Around the First Table, the 'kitchens volume' for a project designed to make the Indian president’s palace (formerly the Viceroy’s House, New Delhi) accessible to the wider public. She is an associate fellow of Warwick University’s History department and has just published The Biscuit: the History of a Very British Indulgence , the topic of her talk. She works in a garden shed near Cambridge.