Born in Lancashire, I grew up in Wales and live in north London and York. Since my DPhil (York) in 2000, I have researched and lectured at many UK universities, including York, University College London, Lancaster, Manchester, and Queen Mary University of London, where I co-founded the Centre for the History of Emotions. I remain an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary and work freelance as a writer and historian. I blog here and for the fabulous History Girls, a group of best-selling, award-wining writers of historical fiction and non-fiction. I also provide bespoke consulting services, based on my senior management experience as Head of Philanthropy for the Arcadia Fund, and Acting Head of Medical Humanities Grants for the Wellcome Trust.