I am a critically acclaimed author, editor, researcher and publishing project manager specialising in the art and cultural history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I have an MA (Hons) in French and Art History from the University of St Andrews and an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies and an AHRC-funded PhD in History from the University of York.
My books have been favourably reviewed in the British press, including the Independent and Telegraph, and have been translated into several languages. My first book, Who are the Illuminati?, a history of the Illuminati myth, appears on university syllabuses. My latest book on popular rumour during the French Revolution was recently published by Palgrave. I have written for a wide range of readers, from academics to children, and most enjoy engaging non-specialists in new research.
Over a twenty-five-year career in book publishing, I have worked for leading art publishers in Paris and London, including Flammarion, Thames & Hudson and Phaidon, among others. I have experience in every stage of the editorial process, from initial proposal and research to commissioning and project management. An expert and nuanced copy editor, ghost writer and translator from French, I have experience writing and editing books for a range of markets.
I regularly gives public talks on art and cultural history to different audiences and age groups. I have appeared at the Oxford Literature Festival and the Manchester Histories Festival, was shortlisted for the AHRC-BBC 3 New Generation of Thinkers scheme and was a member of the public judging panel for the inaugural Guardian First Book award.
For information about writing, research, editing or speaking engagements, please contact using the form below.