Welcome to my website. I am a freelance journalist and author of five 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, Wedlock, tells the story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, a rich heiress tricked into marriage by a fortune-hunter. It was a Channel 4 TV Book Club choice and no 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. My third book, How to Create the Perfect Wife, is the story of Thomas Day, a philanthropist who trained two foundlings in a bid to create his perfect wife. My fourth, The Mesmerist, is the tale of the doctor who introduced hypnotism to Victorian London. My new book, published in April 2020 in the UK and US, is about Endell Street Military Hospital, which was run and staffed by women in London in the First World War.
My new book
Endell Street (UK) No Man's Land (US)
My new book tells the story of the suffragette doctors, Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray, who set up and ran Endell Street Military Hospital in the heart of London in World War One. Endell Street was unique. It was the only hospital within the British Army to be staffed by women - all the doctors, nurses and orderlies were female except for a dozen or so male helpers. The women of Endell Street treated 26,000 wounded - the vast majority of them men - who were shipped back from the frontline in France, Gallipoli and elsewhere throughout the war. After the war the hospital stayed open to treat victims of the Spanish flu. But when peace came everything changed.
Endell Street is published by Atlantic Books in the UK and as No Man's Land by Basic Books in the US in April 2020.
Pre-order Endell Street from Atlantic Books
Pre-order No Man's Land
Praise for Endell Street / No Man's Land
"This is the best book I've read about the First World War since Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth. ...this fascinating book is a microcosm of early 20th-century Britain at its very best - and its very worst." - Ysenda Maxtone Graham in The Times
"This unmisssable, thrilling read ... Rarely is a book so important, so timely... vividly and meticulously written, Endell Street is a masterpiece to stretcher straight into a major film studio." - London Evening Standard
"An absolute delight. Wendy Moore has performed an incredible feat of historical detective work and the result is a gripping account of courage and determination." - Amanda Foreman.
"Wendy Moore's rich storyteller's voice has brought back the lives and achievements of these brave and brilliant women." - Andrea Wulf.
"Endell Street is an extraordinary story, and beautifully told." - Anita Anand.
"Meticulously research and beautifully executed." - Lindsey Fitzharris.
"Their riveting story provides a vivid alternative portrait of wartime London as well as an overdue tribute to the brilliance and bravery of extraordinary women." - The Bookseller, Editor's Choice.
"An absorbing history of courage and carnage." - Kirkus.
"...Moore writes with verve and precision ... Readers interested in medical, miltiary, and women's histories will savor this sterling account." - Publishers Weekly.
The Legacy of Endell Street - hear my interview with Digital Drama about the aftermath of the First World War for the women of Endell Street Hospital.
The Mesmerist - in paperback
The Mesmerist tells the story of John Elliotson, a revered doctor and teacher who introduced mesmerism - hypnotism - to Victorian Britain. Elliotson's demonstrations of patients being mesmerised at University College Hospital, London, drew huge crowds. Spectators were entranced by the Okey sisters, aged 15 and 17, who performed astonishing acts while mesmerised. When Elliotson's colleagues began to ask questions about the girls' veracity his brilliant career was in jeopardy.
Is Hypnosis Real? - BBC World Service CrowdScience
Reviews of The Mesmerist
Spectator 'Wendy Moore is an expert guide to the world of early 19th-century medicine, and this fascinating book is packed with buccaneering, larger-than-life doctors and gruesome operations'.
How hypnosis cured my headaches - my experience of hypnotherapy in the Daily Express
The Lancet - How hypnosis split the Victorian medical profession
Read an excerpt from The Mesmerist
The best advice I ever received as a writer - listen to my audio piece
Writers who inspire me - listen to my audio piece
My other books