Adam Sisman

Adam Sisman (born 17 March 1954) is a British writer, editor and biographer. He received the National Book Critics Circle Award for his second book, Boswell's Presumptuous Task. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the University of St Andrews.[1]

Adam Sisman
Born (1954-03-17) March 17, 1954
London, England
ResidenceBristol, England
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
Notable awardsNational Book Critics Circle Award


Sisman was born in London in 1954, the eldest child of David and Marjorie Sisman. He attended St Paul's School and then the University of Sussex, where he read history. After graduating, he worked in book publishing before becoming a writer. In 1979 he married Robyn Sisman, who died in 2016. They have two daughters.


  • A. J. P. Taylor: A Biography' (1994)
  • Boswell's Presumptuous Task (1999)
  • Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Friendship' (2005)
  • Hugh Trevor-Roper (2010)
  • John le CarrĂ© (2015)
  • The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit and Defrocking (2019)


  • Dashing for the Post: Selected Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor (2016)
  • More Dashing: Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor (2018)

(co-edited with Richard Davenport-Hines)

  • One Hundred Letters from Hugh Trevor-Roper (2013)


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