Welcome to my new website.

This is where you can find out about me, about the books I write, about my work for Charleston, and about how to contact me.

I’ve written five books of social history. My latest book, Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes – The Story of Women in the 1950s, was published in March 2015; the paperback came out in March 2016. When not researching or writing I work to support Charleston, one-time home of my grandmother the painter Vanessa Bell and other members of the Bloomsbury group, and now an internationally-renowned museum.

My background is in TV documentaries; I’ve written newspaper features and book reviews, and I also give talks. In the last few years I’ve appeared at the Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham, Bath, Oxford, Dartington, Ilkley and Charleston Literary Festivals (to name just a few).