Freelance journalist and author - I am available for talks, interviews and workshops on the subjects of my books and writing in general. Contact me at email@example.com
Having worked as a journalist and freelance writer for 30 years, I began writing my first book, The Knife Man, in 2003. My second book, Wedlock, the true story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, was published in 2009. Previously I worked as a journalist and freelance writer with a career spanning more than 25 years. I trained in journalism straight from secondary school on the standard one-year NCTJ journalism course at Harlow technical college. I began my first newspaper job at the age of 19 in Buckinghamshire before moving to the Hampstead and Highgate Express in London in 1980. Initially working as a crime reporter, tracking stories such as the Dennis Nielsen murders, I was switched to reporting health issues – much to my chagrin. Soon fascinated by medical topics, and particularly the history of medicine, I devoted the rest of my career to writing about health matters. I spent several years as a reporter and later news editor on the Health Service Journal, the main weekly magazine for the NHS, before leaving to work freelance in 1991. As a freelance journalist, I have written for many national newspapers, including The Times, The Guardian, The Observer and the Sunday Telegraph as well as for professional magazines such as the British Medical Journal. I edited a website on stress for Channel 4 for several years. I have won several awards for my journalism.
Having always been interested in history, I began researching the history of medicine several years ago. In 1999 I completed the Diploma in the History of Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries (DHMSA) and won the Maccabean prize for the best dissertation that year. Shortly afterwards I decided to write a biography of John Hunter, the eighteenth-century, Scottish-born surgeon who launched a revolution in medicine. I began working full-time researching and writing the book in 2003. The book, The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery, was published by Bantam in February 2005 and in the US by Broadway Books in October. The paperback, The Knife Man: Blood, Body-snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery, was published in the UK and the US in 2006. The book was published in Japan in 2007.
The Knife Man won the Medical Journalists’ Association Consumer Book Award in 2005 and was highly commended in the British Medical Association’s Medical Book Competition the same year. In 2007, the book was short-listed for the biennial Marsh Biography Award. It has been highly acclaimed in reviews. I have given talks about John Hunter at the Aye Write! Book Festival in Glasgow, February 2005; the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival in June 2005; and the Edinburgh Book Festival in August 2005, as well as giving numerous presentations elsewhere.
My second book, Wedlock, a biography of Mary Eleanor Bowes, the Countess of Strathmore, was published in 2009 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in the UK and by Crown in the US. My third book, How to Create the Perfect Wife, which tells another amazing true story from the 18th century, was published in 2013.
I am a member of the National Union of Journalists and the Society of Authors. I have worked as a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. I was a judge for the Costa Book Awards biography section and for the Book of the Year in 2014.
My agent is Patrick Walsh at Conville and Walsh, 2 Ganton Street, London W1F 7QL tel 020 7287 3030 www.convilleandwalsh.com
You can contact me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org