A Force to be Reckoned With

Wayward Women: A Guide to Women Travellers

Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travellers

Angels of Albion: Women of the Indian Mutiny

Parrot Pie for Breakfast: An Anthology of Women Pioneers

Pandora’s Daughters: The Secret History of Enterprising Women
(pub. in the USA as Women Out of Bounds)

Mary Seacole: The Charismatic Black Nurse who became a Heroine of the Crimea

Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education

In the Family Way


Hearts and Minds (Transworld, 2018) Buy on Amazon

Numerous contributions to other books include an introduction to Lady Sale’s Journal of the First Afghan War (OUP, 2002); essays on women travellers in The Seventy Great Journeys in History (Thames & Hudson, 2006), and the entry on Mary Seacole for The Oxford Companion to British Black History (OUP, 2007). I have contributed book reviews and features to – amongst others - The Times, The Independent, The Times Literary Supplement, Nursing Standard, Nursing Management, and The Good Book Guide.


I thoroughly enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for history’s most spirited women, and offer separate (illustrated) lectures and readings based on each of my books, and more specialised talks and seminars when time and work allow. Contact me on: for further information and see the events page on my Blog,, for a guide to available dates.

Past experience includes repeat appearances at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, and other festivals in the UK and abroad; readings, seminars, & study-days at – amongst other places – the Royal Geographical Society, Birkbeck College, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the National Army Museum, the Commonwealth Institute (all London); the National Arts Club of New York; for the British Council in Nicosia, Cyprus; at an international conference on the Crimean War in the Ukraine, and one on Women’s Travel Literature at the University of St-Etienne; at Oxford University, Reading University, Denman College, & Maryland College. I have also run numerous adult education (WEA) courses in the UK.

Broadcasting highlights include on-camera interviews and documentary contributions, principally for the BBC (especially 'The One Show') and Channel 4; numerous interviews/features on BBC radio 4’s Women’s Hour; interviews and contributions to other national radio programmes (Excess Baggage is a favourite); local radio interviews; overseas broadcasts including National Public Radio USA, ABS in Sydney, & the British Forces Broadcasting Service.

Extracts from Angels of Albion were serialised in The Times & featured in The Daily Mail pre-publication; extracts from Parrot Pie for Breakfast were recorded for a serial on Women’s Hour; a recent Channel 4 documentary on Mary Seacole featured me talking about Mary in a perfect mock-up of Mother Seacole’s British Hotel: I loved it! Bluestockings was BBC Radio Four’s ‘Book of the Week’ in August 2009, wonderfully read by Miriam Margolyes.

In December 2015 I was appointed a Senior Associate of Somerville College, Oxford.

Contact me on:,
or c/o my agent Veronique Baxter, at
David Higham Associates
7th Floor, Waverley House
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