Emily Brand is an author, historian and genealogist with a special interest in the history of love and sex c.1660–1837.
Her new book The Fall of the House of Byron is a sweeping history of the
18th century through the eyes of one notorious family, and is published by John Murray. Following the fates of the poet's ancestors over three generations, it is a saga that begins in rural Nottinghamshire and plays out in the gentlemen's clubs of Georgian London, amid tempests on far-flung seas, and in the glamour of pre-revolutionary France. It was selected as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week and has been shortlisted for the 2020 Elma Dangerfield Prize.
Having completed an MA in 18th Century Studies, Emily worked for some years as a senior editor of academic history, trade history and classic literature for Oxford University. Her early published work on the history of love and sex delved into courtship techniques, 18th-century brothels, and royal weddings. She has since written for national and international media including BBC History magazine, The Times, The Telegraph, the Radio Times and the Washington Post, and featured on numerous podcasts and radio shows including Dan Snow's History Hit, BBC History Extra and ABC Radio.
In 2020–21 she will be taking a book tour of UK literary and history festivals to share her compelling and surprising research about the 18th-century Byron family and their circle – if you'd like her to appear at your event please get in touch!