Review in Publishers Weekly and Interview for The Battersea Poltergeist

It’s now three months until my new book comes out in North America. Out of the Shadows: Six Visionary Victorian Women in Search of a Public Voice will be published by Counterpoint Press on 11 May, 2021, and it’s exciting for me that news about it is making its way into the world.

The last couple of weeks have brought two particular happy moments: an interview for the BBC and a first print review.

The review in Publishers Weekly (US) appears in the current edition, and was published earlier in an online version. PW found Out of the Shadows ‘persuasive’, ‘entertaining and informative’, and I was particularly delighted with their closing verdict: ‘Women’s history buffs will be enthralled.’

It was also a pleasure to be asked to talk a little about my research on the Fox sisters – who feature heavily in Out of the Shadows – in episode 5 of the hugely popular BBC Radio 4 / Bafflegab podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, available on the Radio 4 website, BBC Sounds and all major podcast streaming services. I’m looking forward to sharing much, much more about the lives of Kate, Maggie and Leah Fox – especially the dramatic prelude and aftermath to the episode I addressed in my interview – in my forthcoming book.

Article in yesterday’s Independent on Sunday

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Emma Claire Sweeney and I had an article in yesterday’s Independent on Sunday. It features Laura Bates, author of  Everyday Sexism, and Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Coslett authors of The Vagenda.

We also discuss ‘Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision’, the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery that opens this week, female writing friendships, and feminism today.