Welcome to my 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.

‘Virginia Nicholson is one of the great social historians of our time. No one else makes history this fun.’

Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

‘Virginia Nicholson is the outstanding recorder of British lives in the twentieth century.’ 

Carmen Callil

I’ve now written five books of social history. My sixth, How Was it for You? Women, Sex, Love and Power in the 1960s, will be published in March 2019. The Sunday Times has already flagged the book as a literary highlight of 2019, describing it as ‘a tempting social history’.

Its subject matter picks up where Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes - The Story of Women in the 1950s left off, and exposes the new battleground for women as the sexual revolution kicks in.

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).