Writer & Historian

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Hello! I am a writer, historian & genealogist with a special interest in the long eighteenth century, especially English social history and romantic relationships c.1660–1837.


I have four published books, including 'Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship' and the historical compilation 'How to be Happy Though Married'. I am a 'Q&A Expert' contributor to History Revealed Magazine, and have received commissions from BBC Magazines, the Radio Times, USA Today, CNN.com, the Jane Austen Museum and the National Archives. I have blogged for the Washington Post and my work has also featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Journal Gazette (Indiana) and NZ Stuff.


I give talks at history and book festivals, including discussions of my own work, the lasting legacy of Jane Austen, the 'fallen women' of Georgian England, and the history of seduction techniques. I have filmed with May Street Productions, Radio France and FindMyPast.co.uk as a 'talking head' and historical researcher.


I blog about my research at The History of Love, which has featured in The Independent, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed and Slate.com.


I live in Oxford, where I am also managing editor of Bodleian Library Publishing. Elsewhere I am mainly to be found buying books I don't need, and lamenting the fact that I don't have a dog.




[Disclaimer: While I am definitely called Emily, the jury is still out on whether I am, in fact, lovely.]





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