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Death, Disease & Dissection: Keats, Quacks & Bodysnatchers – what’s not to like?

Death, Disease & Dissection – my new book about Georgian and early Victorian medicine is out now, published by Pen & Sword https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Death-Disease-Dissection-Paperback/p/14015 Continue reading

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Hoping ‘…it passes smoothly, quietly’ – on the anniversary of John Keats’s birth, his birthday wish ‘To my brothers’

Today marks the birthday of the poet John Keats. He was born on 31st October (the day is not absolutely established, but most likely) 1795 in Moorgate, London and he died just 25 years later, in Rome. During that period … Continue reading

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What makes a good ghost story?

I write ghost stories. I don’t know if they are any good (although I did publish three, in a short collection called The Marrow Scoop, just to test the water) but it is a genre I enjoy reading and that … Continue reading

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On death, dying and being afraid of life…

Some thoughts on death and dying, and why perhaps I am more afraid of life… Continue reading

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Passchendaele and the management of shell shock

It is 100 years since the notorious battle of Passchendaele. We now know much more about the trauma experienced by thousands of troops during the Great War and we recognise that, even into the 21st-century, service personnel can be affected … Continue reading

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Dunkirk – a war film on a different scale

A review of the Christopher Nolan film ‘Dunkirk’. Continue reading

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Guest post: The evacuated teachers of the Second World War by Gillian Mawson

  As many of my regular readers know, I have recently written about the loss of my mum. I have delayed publishing this wonderful guest post from historian Gillian Mawson because it is a story that resonated so closely with … Continue reading

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