Freelance editor and copywriter for Riverford Organic Farmers. Researching, writing and project-managing for three books, newspaper articles, online copy and newsletters.
Commissioning, copy-editing, proofing and fact-checking history guides aimed at A-level students and the general reader.
For nine days in May 1926 more than two million British workers did not go into work. They were striking in support of the British coal miners who were in an acrimonious dispute with their private employers, the mine owners, over wages and working hours. The situation forced the government to respond with an unprecedented level of state intervention in the everyday lives of ordinary Britons. I... read more
Ever since the collapse of the Third Reich, historians have grappled with a fundamental question: how was such a brutal, genocidal dictatorship possible in a modern, cultured nation in the middle of the 20th century? There are essentially two competing views: one, that Hitler was an all-powerful dictator fully in control of his government; the other, that Nazi decision-making was much more con... read more
There has never been agreement on how to understand the French Revolution, and probably never will be. It divided not only France, but all Europe, as soon as it began. The philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke, who had supported American independence, condemned it as something in nitely more dangerous, while his former friend, Thomas Paine, called for Britons to join the Franco-American tide ... read more
The reign of Edward VI, England’s boy-king, has alternatively been characterised as catastrophic or boring. But should it really be bundled up with his sister Mary’s as a “mid-Tudor crisis”? Was he a pawn in the hands of his advisors, or did he actually wield some power? Did “good duke” Somerset truly champion social justice while “bad duke” Northumberland’s power-hungry plotting brought the c... read more
The campaign for female political suffrage which erupted in the years before World War One was the most significant expression of feminist activism in British history. But the suffragettes were divided in their aims: should they try and win the vote for all women, or only for those in the middle and upper classes? They were divided, too, about tactics. Were the militants vital to the campaigns... read more
Queen Mary – or “Bloody Mary” as she’s better known – has a strong claim to be the most reviled monarch in English history. Her reputation has always been overshadowed by that of her much-eulogised half-sister, Elizabeth, and she has been memorably dismissed as “the barren Catholic bigot who married an unpopular Catholic prince”. But was she really as weak-willed and unpleasant as she’s been m... read more
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Editor of illustrated books for children and adults in art, history and travel. International clients: Lund Humphries, DK, and Scholastic.
Experienced literary book editor with a penchant for literary fiction, poetry, short stories, flash fiction, memoirs, and hybrid work.