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Wendy Moore - freelance journalist and author

 

Welcome to my website. I am a freelance journalist and author of three non-fiction books on medical and social history. My first book, The Knife Man, is a biography of the 18th-century surgeon John Hunter.  My second book, Wedlock, tells the story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, a wealthy heiress who was tricked into marriage by a fortune-hunter. It was picked for Channel 4’s TV Book Club and reached no 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. My third book, How to Create the Perfect Wife, is the story of Thomas Day, an eccentric philanthropist who trained two foundlings in a bid to create his perfect wife. My next book, The Mesmerist, is due out in April 2017. 

 

 

My next book - The Mesmerist

 

The Mesmerist tells the story of John Elliotson, a brilliant doctor and adored teacher who introduced mesmerism - hypnotism - to Victorian Britain. Elliotson's demonstrations of patients being mesmerised at University College Hospital, London, drew huge crowds of scientists, journalists and dignitaries. Spectators were especially entranced by the Okey girls, two sisters, aged 15 and 17, who performed astonishing acts while mesmerised. Then Elliotson's colleagues began to ask questions and his brilliant career was in jeopardy.

 

The Mesmerist is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 27 April 2017. 

 

Book tickets for my talk at British Library on mesmerism - 6 March

Read about my experience of trying hypnotism  Going Under

The mesmerist will see you now - my Lancet review of British Library   exhibition There Will Be Fun

 

My books

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                        Wedlock                How to Create the Perfect Wife         The Knife Man

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