Nonfiction

I like a rattling good story from history, either from the age of adventure when technology played only a small part, or from the sidelights of history, when events split communities apart or tested them to the limits.

A bit about some of my books...

A Victorian Somebody: The Life of George Grossmith

A Victorian Somebody: The Life of George GrossmithThis is a new biography of the star of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Savoy Operas when they first took the Victorian theatrical world by storm...read more.


The Girl Who Lived on Air

The Girl Who Lived on AirSarah Jacob was the Carmarthenshire farm girl who dominated the national and regional press for almost all of 1869. In the popular imagination she was 'the Welsh fasting girl' and although she was not the first anorexic, she was arguably the first to cause a national furore, and become something of a celebrity. She died despite a team of nurses from Guy's Hospital stationed at her home in Lletherneuadd, and after the best minds in British medicine had set theorised about the cause of her apparently supernatural existence - living in spite of starvation, losing no weight yet clearly suffering in all kinds of ways. Sarah's was not the only story here. Her parents were charged...read more.


Jane Austen's Aunt Behind Bars

Jane Austen's Aunt Behind BarsA collection of stories concerning famous and infamous writers and their brushes with the law in Georgian and Victorian Britain...read more.


Passion for the Park: A Leeds Education

Passion for the Park: A Leeds EducationPassion for the Park is a celebration of the ordinary lover of the beautiful game, the dedicated lads who turn out week after week in the hope of beating another works team. In park football the kit is never washed, there is no spare ball, studs are never inspected, there are holes in the goal-netting, the referee is always looking the wrong way, and the only spectators are an old man and his dog. This funny and irreverent memoir...read more.


Conan Doyle and The Crimes Club

Conan Doyle and The Crimes ClubIn December 1903, a group of gentlemen friends met for dinner at the Carlton Club. They had one great interest in common: a fascination with crimes and criminals. In the ranks of that first convivial circle there were writers, lawyers and academics rubbing shoulders with a London coroner and two celebrated aristocrats. In a golden age of literary dinners and good fellowship, these aficionados of murder agreed to have meetings at which members would talk on famous and infamous crimes. At the very heart of what came to be The Crimes Club was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and literary lion at many a gathering. Conan Doyle and the Crimes Club: The Creator of Sherlock Holmes and his Criminological Friends recounts the lives of the first members of this celebrated body of criminologists, including their escapades in detective work, changing the law and undertaking spying missions. Cases include espionage...read more.



List of My Nonfiction Books

Biographical

Military

Genealogy

Creative Writing

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