Kassia St Clair is a writer based in London. Her first book The Secret Lives of Colour is a top-ten bestseller, was selected as Radio 4′s Book of the Week in 2017 and has been translated into over a dozen languages. The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Sunday Times Book of the Year. The Golden Thread has been shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Award and will be published in America by Liveright in the fall of 2019. Research for the next book has begun.
She has contributed to NPR’s Marketplace and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Woman’s Hour, Monocle 24, BBC Radio 5 Live and CNN. She gives talks about colour and the cultural history of textiles at international venues including the Dallas Art Museum, the V&A and Soho House. In 2018 she collaborated with Color Factory to create an exhibit at their site in New York. To find out more, visit the books and talks | TV | radio pages.
Features, interviews, essays and reviews, usually on design and culture, have appeared publications including the Economist, the Telegraph, House & Garden, the TLS and the New Statesman; her Elle Decoration colour column has been running since 2013. You can see a selection of her published work under the portfolio page.
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