Wendy Moore - Author and freelance writer

My next book: 

The Mesmerist

to be published March 2017 

The Mesmerist tells the true story of John Elliotson, a brilliant doctor, teacher and scientist, who fell from grace when he introduce mesmerism to Victorian London. 

Book now for my talk

John Hunter: Dr Jekyll or Dr Dolittle

7-8 pm 7 July

Holburne Museum Bath 

How to Create the Perfect Wife         paperback on sale 

or US hardback at Amazon.com for $16.79

Jenny Uglow: '...reads at times like an historical novel. Yet it is underpinned with meticulous research ...' read more

Old news:

How to Create the Perfect Wife is a US Guardian Pick of the Year

Fun while it lasted - AMC pulls plug on Knifeman TV series

 My thanks to everyone who was  involved in the pilot. It was the best of times.

Tom Hollander takes lead role in Knifeman TV pilot

Reviews of How to Create the Perfect Wife:  

'chilling and uncomfortably absorbing ... skilfully narrated...' (New York Times Review of Books)
'...extraordinarily strange and entertaining ...' 
(Boston Globe)
'...fascinating non-fiction account ....' (Star Tribune)
'...bizarre, true and thoroughly compelling...' (Slate)
'...a novelist's flair and fluidity ...' (BookPage)
'...darkly amusing ...' (The Economist)
'...authentic and compelling ...'
(The Spectator)
'...rollicking and well-researched...' (Sunday Times UK)
'...sardonic authorial wit ...' (Sunday Telegraph UK)
'...enthralling, brilliantly researched...' (Mail on Sunday UK)
'I can't wait for her next book.' (Guardian UK)
'... a brilliant job of unearthing [Sabrina's history]' ... Wall Street Journal
'... like a novel ...' (NPR Books)

Read all about Day's quest for the perfect woman in the New York Post

See me on youtube

Follow me on twitter @wendymoore99

Talks and festivals

Read the reviews

'...an excrutiatingly gruesome and fascinating story ... bringing together painstaking research and gripping story-telling.' - Guardian

 'A true Pygmalion-style story set in Georgian England' - Mail on Sunday

'a sordid story, splendidly told ... enthralling history - Sunday Times

'a comedy of manners ... lit by flashes of sadonic authorial wit' - Sunday Telegraph

'A darkly amusing tale ... told with gusto' - The Economist

'...Moore tells a good story. Nowhere, however, is she better than on the procedures of the London Foundling Hospital, and tracing the trajectory of her "foundlings".' - The Spectator

How to Create the Perfect Wife is published in the UK

by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

in the US by Basic Books


Wedlock is published in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson and in the US by Crown.  The book tells the remarkable true story of the extraordinary marriage between Mary Eleanor Bowes, the Countess of Strathmore, and Andrew Robinson Stoney, a debt-ridden Irish fortune-hunter, while also illuminating the history of marriage itself.

'Wedlock' was a Channel 4 TV book club choice in 2010.

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Wedlock read by Rebecca Hall - Audio book on sale now -

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 '...for anyone who enjoyed The Suspicions of Mr Whicher this is a must read.' -Amazon review

Wedlock chosen as a book of the year by Washington Post's Jonathan Yardley

See the digital book at Random House

'... Moore (is) mistress of suspense' ... Observer

'A gripping story, brilliantly told' ... Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

'spectacular ... compulsively readable' ... Washington Post

'mesmerising' ... Financial Times

'This splendid book, well researched and richly detailed, is as gripping as a novel' ... Daily Telegraph

'An extraordinary story of class, culture, sexism and prejudice' ... The Times

'Wedlock is the best biography I have read in a long time' ... Daily Mail

'Moore has meticulously constructed an ever more compelling tale’ ... The Guardian

'heart-poundingly powerful' ... Saga

Hear my interview on BBC Woman's Hour - listen here 

Read the Daily Mail digest - click here

Hear my interview on BBC Radio 4 Today - click here

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The Knife Man:  Blood, Body-snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery

The Knife Man is published in the UK by Bantam, in the US by Broadway and in Japan by Kawade. It tells the story of John Hunter, the extraordinary 18th-century surgeon. Known as the father of modern surgery, Hunter also advanced understanding of biology and anticipated the evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin. He provided inspiration for Dr Jekyll and Dr Dolittle. But the extremes to which he went raise question marks then as now.

Winner of the Medical Journalists’ Association Consumer Book Award 2005

Winner of the MJA Open Book Award 2005

Shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Award 2007

Highly commended in the BMA's Medical Book Competition 2005


'Medicine needs more John Hunters, and biography needs more Wendy Moores.’

New York Times
Excellent … Wendy Moore has helped to pay the debt we all owe to this short-tempered dyslexic healer’

– Sunday Telegraph

 ‘A stunning, gruesomely compelling biography … Brilliant’

- Alison Weir, author and historian 
‘I don’t think I’ve ever read a biography that I’ve enjoyed quite as much as this one … It’s a winner all round – and now I’ve finished it, I’m going to start all over again.’

- Claire Rayner, writer, broadcaster and health adviser



Wedlock: the no 1 bestseller and TV Book Club choice!