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Ruth Brandon is a historian, biographer and novelist. She is the author of seven novels and twelve works of non-fiction. Her last book was Ugly Beauty: Helena Rubinstein, L’Oréal, and the Blemished History of Looking Good, (HarperCollins 2011) which has been published in five languages.

She is currently working on a novel about collaborationists in occupied France.

Ruth Brandon talks about her latest book, Ugly Beauty.

Film by Randall Wright