She Was Never Meant to be Queen…

She Was Never Meant to be Queen…

Today, in the 23,226th day of her reign, Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-serving monarch, outpassing her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. But the woman who has spent 63 years and 7 months on the throne was never meant to be Queen. In this article, written for History in an Hour in 2012, I explain how Elizabeth ascended … Continue reading

‘A Short History of London’ Re-issued

‘A Short History of London’ Re-issued

My latest book, ‘A Short History of London’, has been re-issued by Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. And it comes with a beautiful new cove, too!.  The book is available to download from Amazon UK and Amazon US. ‘An intriguing read; at once concise and brimming with fascinating detail.’ – Richard Foreman, author of … Continue reading

Free Excerpt of ‘Outline’ by Rachel Cusk

Free Excerpt of ‘Outline’ by Rachel Cusk

I recently reviewed Rachel Cusk’s latest novel, the Folio Prize-shortlisted Outline for Book Browse. While the review is available only to subscribers, you can read a free excerpt of the book here. A full list of all the shortlisted books can be found on the Folio Prize website.