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Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff was born in Toronto, Canada, in May 1947. A regular broadcaster and critic on television and radio, he has hosted many programmes including Channel 4’s Voices, the BBC’s arts programme The Late Show, and the award-winning series Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism.

His books include A Just Measure of Pain: Penitentiaries in the Industrial Revolution, 1780-1850 (1978), a study of the English penal system; The Russian Album (1987), a memoir of his family’s exile from Russia to Canada, which won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (Canada) and the Heinemann Award; Scar Tissue (1993), shortlisted for both the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread Novel Award; and Isaiah Berlin: A Life (1998), the result of 10 years’ research, which was shortlisted for both the Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Non-Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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