Who was enigmatic Mrs Brontë?

“This impressively researched, crisply written biography gives Maria her rightful place in the Brontë story.” The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★

“Beautifully researched and vibrantly written” Daily Express ★★★★

“Exuberant, fast-paced and deeply moving biography of a remarkable woman.” Jane Austen Regency Review 

“No-one has ever connected the Brontës to Cornish smuggling before…” The Observer 

“Inside the secret, tragic life of the mother of the Brontës” New York Post


The Lady Aeronauts

Serialised in the  Mail on Sunday

Guest on BBC Woman’s Hour 

Featured in the New York Post

“She has cast her net wide, to produce an admirable chronicle of female engagement with the technology and culture of early flight.” Aerospace Magazine

“History has never been so much fun.” What’sHerName podcast



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