WRITER HISTORIAN RUSSIANIST
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'Back Home in Dickensland'
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Helen's newest title, published by Hutchinson in the UK, is a study of the impact of the Prince Consort’s premature death in 1861 on England, the monarchy, and Queen Victoria, and covering the first terrible ten years of her retreat from public view. The book will be published in the USA on 13 March 2012 by St Martin’s Press.
Helen is currently working on two forthcoming titles: Capturing the Light - a collaboration with Roger Watson on the birth of photography, to be published in the UK by PanMacmillan in 2013 and in the USA by St Martin's Press (date TBC); and Four Sisters, about the tragic lives of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, to be published in the USA by St Martin's Press 2014; UK details to follow.
Helen’s only foray into fiction, so far, has been a collaboration with William Horwood on a historical thriller, Dark Hearts of Chicago published by Hutchinson in April 2007.
Helen has had considerable radio experience talking on Victorian and Russian history for:
BBC Radio Oxford and Radio Berkshire; Radio 4: Woman's Hour, Start the Week and the Today programme. In December 2011 she appeared on a Radio 2 programme on the history of the Royal Albert Hall and on Peter Snow's Random Edition about the death of Prince Albert. In 2012 she is a talking head on the major 8-part Radio 4 series The Art of Monarchy.
Photograph © Peter Ware
|Capturing the Light|
|Beautiful For Ever|
|Conspirator -Lenin in Exile|
|No Place for Ladies|
|Dark Hearts of Chicago|
|Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers|
|Cospirator - UK Edition Reviews|
|Conspirator - U S Edition Reviews|
|Ekaterinburg - UK Reviews|
|The Last Days of the Rromanovs -US reviews|