I am a freelance journalist and author of five non-fiction books on medical and social history. My latest book, Endell Street (UK), No Man's Land (US) is about Endell Street Military Hospital which was run and staffed by women in London in the First World War.
My next book
Jack and Eve: Two Women in Love and at War, will be published by Atlantic Books in the UK on 4 April 2024. It tells the story of Vera 'Jack' Holme and Evelina Haverfield, pioneering suffragettes who became lovers. Jack was an actress who specialised in cross-dressing roles, a talented musician and keen driver. She became official chauffeur to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. Eve, who was born into the British aristocracy, was an intrepid traveller who became one of the suffragettes' most active speakers and agitators. When the First World War broke out they went to Serbia with the Scottish Women's Hospitals (SWH) voluntary organisation to provide medical aid to the Serbian Army. When Serbia was invaded they were taken prisoners of war. After being freed, they travelled to Russia with the SWH to drive ambulances right up to the firing line on the Dobruja front. They were devoted lifelong partners but also pioneers of new ways of living and loving. Jack enjoyed numerous liaisons with other women - all detailed in her diaries - and especially favoured three-way relationships. But when Eve died, in Serbia soon after the war ended, Jack was devastated. Jack and Eve is a love story set against the backdrop of intense acts of bravery during the First World War.
Endell Street (UK) No Man's Land (US)
My latest book tells the story of the suffragette doctors, Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray, who ran Endell Street Military Hospital in the heart of London in World War One. Endell Street was the only hospital within the British Army to be staffed by women - all the doctors, nurses and orderlies were female except for a handful of male helpers. The women of Endell Street treated 26,000 wounded shipped back from the frontline in France, Gallipoli and elsewhere. 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.
BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week UK paperback out now!
Watch the interview with me by Dr Dave Schneider
"Meticulously researched, written with élan and wit, Moore’s account comes at just the right time… “No Man’s Land” reminds us that people can rise to an occasion, that the biggest advances — for medicine, for humanity — can come during the toughest times, as a result of the toughest times. It reminds us that great courage and great ingenuity are possible even when the world feels very dark.” - Sarah Lyall in the New York Times
"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
“An absorbing and powerful narrative … Ms. Moore has an eye for detail that brings her story to life.” - Melanie Kirkpatrick in the Wall Street Journal
"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." - Philippa Stockley in the London Evening Standard
"One hundred years on, this compelling book at last gives Endell Street its due... Wendy Moore vividly depicts the convoys of seriously wounded soldiers arriving straight from the battlefields in France ... Moore is superb at describing the medical advances ..." - Ann Kennedy Smith in The Guardian
"...riveting... Moore has scoured archives and diaries to produce a meticulously researched history of this extraordinary institution.... By writing this splendid book, Moore has ensured that the efforts of these pioneering women will never be forgotten.' - Patricia Fara in the Literary Review
"This is history worth knowing and a book worth reading; it is a story of the triumph of the human spirit." - New York Journal of Books
"Informative, compelling and poignant, Endell Street is a forgotten story superbly told" - TLS
Top 10 books about nursing - Katharine McMahon in the Guardian
The women saving the world: 100 years of incredible female medics - Stella, Sunday Telegraph magazine
"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.
Endell Street - the Trailblazing women who ran a Military Hospital in World War One - watch my virtual talk hosted by Benjamin Franklin House
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