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With more than one million books and periodicals in over 50 languages, the collection includes works from the 16th century to the latest publications in print and electronic form.




Her Majesty The Queen



HRH The Duchess of Cornwall GCVO



Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE FRSL

Tom Stoppard was born in Zlin, Czechoslovakia in 1937 and moved to England, via Singapore and India, with his family in 1946.

He began his working life in 1954 as a junior reporter on the Western Daily Press. In 1967 Stoppard's first full-length play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, was staged by the National Theatre. This play was followed by other award winning works, including Jumpers, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with Andre Previn), Travesties, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia (a trilogy) and Rock'n'Roll.

His many stage adaptations and translations include Undiscovered Country (Schnitzler), On the Razzle (Nestroy), Rough Crossing (Molnar), The Seagull (Chekhov), Henry IV (Pirandello), Heroes (Sibleyras), Ivanov (Chekhov) and The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov).

Tom Stoppard has also written for radio, television and film. His screen credits, as writer and co-writer, include Brazil, Empire of the Sun, Enigma, Shakespeare in Love (winner of an Academy Award for best original screenplay).

His most recent work includes, for screen, Anna Karenina, for television Parade's End (a five part series), and for theatre, The Hard Problem. He also directed his own screenplay of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Stoppard received a knighthood in 1997 and in 2000 was awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen.

Sir Tom Stoppard was appointed President of The London Library in 2002. 



Nicolas Barker OBE, FBA

The Rt Hon the Lord Boateng

The Duke of Devonshire KCVO CBE

Lady Antonia Fraser DBE

Lewis Golden OBE

Mrs Drue Heinz DBE

Caroline Michel

John Julius Norwich CVO

Jeremy Paxman

Sir Tim Rice

Sir John Richardson KBE