A LIFE IN CRIME
My life in crime began with my own family. Whilst taking a break from my career teaching Modern Foreign Languages, I began researching my family tree. It wasn’t long before the skeletons began rattling loudly in my family cupboard and I unearthed a number of petty criminals and colourful characters in my family’s past. With the shocking discovery of a nefarious ancestor, who kept a brothel in the slums of Manchester, my interest in the dark Victorian underworld was kindled.
My first book, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada, is published by Pen and Sword Books.
It is available in hardback, ebook and for Kindle. BUY HERE
I have published many articles about social and family history and my work has been featured in the Sunday Express, All About History magazine, Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, Family Tree, Your Family Tree and Lancashire Life. I am a keen blogger and a regular contributor to the British Newspaper Archive blog. My guest posts have also appeared in The Virtual Victorian, Manchester Archives+ and Crime in the Community, the official blog of the Old Bailey Online.
I have another blog, dedicated to family history: Stories from Shanklin Manor – all welcome!
I am an experienced public speaker and give regular talks about my work. I have taken part in the Henley Literary Festival, the Manchester Histories Festival and the Rochester Literature Festival, and I have more talks scheduled for the coming year. Please see my Events page for more details. I hope to see you sometime!