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.’
I’ve now written five books of social history. My sixth, How Was it for You? Women, Sex, Love and Power in the 1960s, was published in March 2019.
In The Times, Ysenda Maxtone Graham gave the book a superlative review, describing it as “sparklingly readable”, and ‘[a] magisterial and sensuous overview of the decade”, while Rosie Boycott wrote in the Financial Times: “The stories are terrific”, and Daisy Goodwin’s Sunday Times review described it as a “sparkling survey…” featuring “a wonderfully diverse range of voices… Reading this book made me grateful for how far we had come.”
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.
In June 2019 I was honoured and delighted to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The citation quoted Carmen Callil: “Virginia Nicholson is the outstanding recorder of British lives in the twentieth century.”
As President of the Charleston Trust, I work - when not researching or writing - to support Charleston, the one-time home of my grandmother the painter Vanessa Bell and other members of the Bloomsbury group, which is 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).