The Bristol Suffragettes is a South Gloucestershire Libraries’ recommended read

I’m thrilled that The Bristol Suffragettes has been selected by staff at South Gloucestershire Libraries as one of their recommended reads as part of their ‘Inspiring Women: The Legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire’ initiative. The book is in good company with Jane Duffus’s The Women Who Built Bristol 1184-2018, Tessa Dunlop’s The Century Girls: The Final Word from the Women Who’ve Lived the Last Hundred Years of British History, and Cathy Newman’s brilliantly-titled Bloody Brilliant Women: Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention.

The books are available for loan and can be reserved free of charge at Libraries West UK.


Electoral Services Display, Worcester Guildhall Open Heritage Day, September 2018

I’m delighted to be making a small contribution to the Electoral Services display which is part of the Worcester Guildhall Open Heritage Day event on Saturday 15 September 2018. The display will include copies of my article The Worcester Suffragettes, together with a short biography of Pershore suffragette Florence Feek which I’ve recently updated and expanded. There will also be a chance to visit the holding cells, used when the Guildhall housed the Courts of Justice! Find out more about the Heritage Open Day here.

The Butcher’s Block is a BRAG Medallion Honoree

I am thrilled to announce that The Butcher’s Block has received a BRAG Medallion and is now listed on the Indie BRAG website.  As only 20-25% of submitted books receive the award, I’m really excited about this – it’s a real honour.

Here is The Butcher’s Block wearing its Indie BRAG Medallion!

The book pitches Dan Foster into a treacherous underworld of vicious pugilists, ruthless murderers, British spy masters and French agents. Find out more about The Butchers’ Block here.


Bristol History Podcast

In May I talked to Tom Brothwell on the History Podcast about writing and researching historical fiction. Amongst other things, we discussed how my interest in the history of protest and reform informs my fiction and non fiction. The podcast is available to listen to on Soundcloud at the Bristol History Podcast website. 

Photo: Camerton church in Somerset was the inspiration for the church which features in The Fatal Coin: A Dan Foster Mystery. If you look closely you can see the elephants…


Walking in her Shoes

Elaine Martel is spending her weekends walking in the footsteps of the women who helped to win votes for women, to raise funds for CARE International, who work to empower women worldwide. This April she came to Bristol and, using the walk in The Bristol Suffragettes as one of her guides, visited some of the city’s suffrage sites. She also caught up with me for a quick interview. You can read about Elaine’s Bristol walk here.  You can read our interview here.

And if you would like to sponsor Elaine visit her Just Giving Page.

Photo: 23 Gordon Road, the home of Annie Kenney

A Problem Beyond Human Solution: Women’s Education in the Eighteenth Century

“Too much education was a dangerous thing: it created dissatisfaction and unsettled the labouring classes.”

I was thrilled to be invited to write a guest blog for Geri Walton’s splendid history site which looks at all things eighteenth and nineteenth century. In my blog, I looked at the issue of women’s education in the eighteenth century, and the debate that raged about how and to what extent women should be educated. You can read A Problem Beyond Human Solution: Women’s Education in the Eighteenth Century here.

Bristol Women into Politics – “an insightful overview of the suffragette movement in Bristol”

There’s a review of the talk Professor June Hannam and I did at Bristol MShed on 15 February 2018 by State of the Arts, a website covering arts, culture and politics from cities across England. The talk – “Women, Citizenship and the 1918 Representation of the People Act: Bristol Women in Politics” – explored the background to the Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave some British women the vote, and looked at how Bristol women responded to the new political landscape. The talk was part of the Regional History Centre’s seminar series at MShed. You can read the review at the State of the Arts website here. Find out more about the Regional History Centre, the University of the West of England, here.

The Bristol Magazine picks The Bristol Suffragettes as a “fabulous feminist read”

I was thrilled to see The Bristol Suffragettes included in The Bristol Magazine’s February 2018 round up of reads to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of votes for (some) women – alongside Mary Beard’s Women and Power (which I’ve just read in fact – and it’s a great read!). Find out about the books selected by Bristol Magazine here – opens as PDF document.

Votes for Women 100

What a busy time it’s been commemorating the centenary of Votes for (some) Women! I’ve been on ITV News West Country and BBC Points West talking about the key role Bristol played in the campaign for women’s right to vote, as well as doing interviews on the Emma Britton Show, BBC Radio Bristol on 5 February 2018; and the Marie Lennon Show, BBC Radio Wiltshire on 6 February 2018. And I’m looking forward to more talks and events commemorating Votes for Women 100 – see the Diary page for details.

Photo: filming on a rainy day in Clifton!

The Women Who Built Bristol: Suffragette Victoria Lidiard

I have written about Bristol suffragette Victoria Lidiard for The Women Who Built Bristol by Jane Duffus. The book is a fundraiser for Bristol Women’s Voice and is published by Tangent Books. With entries on 250 inspiring women, the book is a compendium of the women who helped to shape Bristol into the vibrant city it is today.




Experiments on the Poor

“I cannot give you an adequate idea of the wretchedness of an hospital…Everything appeared to be conducted for the accommodation of the medical men and their pupils, who came to make experiments on the poor, for the benefit of the rich.” The Wrongs of Woman: or, Maria, A Fragment, Mary Wollstonecraft

In The Butcher’s Block, Dan Foster encounters a gang of body snatchers. Find out why the sick, destitute and poor hated and feared grave robbers in a guest blog I wrote for the delightful Madame Gilflurt’s Covent Garden Salon. Read Experiments on the Poor.

The Butcher’s Block: A Dan Foster Mystery

“An officer’s been murdered. Murdered and cut up for sale to the anatomy schools. It was a professional quartering. I want to know who has the skill to do that.”

The Butcher’s Block, the second full-length Dan Foster Mystery, was published on 3 August 2017.

The novel sees Dan on the trail of the killers of a Bow Street officer and pitches him into the murky world of the body snatchers. But the body-snatching racket soon leads to something bigger and much more dangerous. In a treacherous underworld of vicious pugilists, ruthless murderers, British spy masters and French agents, Dan must tread carefully – or meet the same terrible fate as his fellow-officer.


The Butcher’s Block is available now as an ebook and paperback on Amazon UK and, and in iBooks, on the Kobo Store, and at Barnes and Noble

Talking Books with Suzie Grogan

Suzie Grogan has uploaded some of her Talking Books radio shows onto Soundcloud, including the interview I did on Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery. You can listen to the show here. Find out about Suzie and her books here, and Talking Books (10 Radio) here.