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Wendy Moore - freelance journalist and author

Welcome to my website. I am a freelance journalist and author of four 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 rich heiress who was 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, an eccentric philanthropist who trained two foundlings in a bid to create his perfect wife. My latest book, The Mesmerist, is out now. I am currently writing a book about the Endell Street Military Hospital which was run by women in London in the First World War. It's due out in the UK and US in April 2020.



My new book - Endell Street


My next book tells the story of the suffragette doctors, Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray, who set up and ran the Endell Street Military Hospital in the heart of London in World War One. It will be published by Atlantic Books in the UK and by Basic Books in the US - as  No Man's Land - in April 2020. I am honoured to have been awarded the Antonia Fraser Grant through the Society of Authors to help my research. 


"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. 

"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.


Pre-order from Amazon or Waterstones 

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.

Buy The Mesmerist at Amazon or Waterstones

Is Hypnosis Real? - BBC World Service CrowdScience

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Reviews of The Mesmerist

Daily Telegraph 'engrossing' Times 'vivid set pieces'

Guardian Book of the Day 'told with gusto' Literary Review 'thrilling'

 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 all the reviews Full details of all my talks here

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

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                        Wedlock                How to Create the Perfect Wife         The Knife Man

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