‘Imperial Fairyland’

Review of Hermitage Amsterdam Exhibition ‘At The Russian Court’,

Art Quarterly, Summer 2009.


Jane Ridley, Bertie, September 2012

David Waller The Perfect Man: the Muscular Life and times of

Eugen Sandow, July 2012

Kate Colquhoun, Mr Brigg’s Hat, Summer Reading, July 2011


Rosamund Bartlett, Tolstoy: A Russian Life, January 2011


Mark Bostridge, Florence Nightingale, October 2008


Anne Applebaum, Gulag, A History of the Soviet Camps, October 2003


Jean Silver-Isenstadt, Shameless: The Visionary Life of Mary Gove Nichols, September 2002

‘In My Library’

My favourite books on the Crimean War,

Who Do  You Think You Are? magazine, April 2008.


Travel to the Past feature, History Today,  January 2008.

‘The Lost Portrait’

Jamaica Journal, December 2006.

‘The Invitation That Never Came: Mary Seacole after the Crimea’ History Today, February 2005.

‘American Volunteer Doctors and Surgeons in the Russian Army

during the Crimean War’  

War Correspondent  (Journal of the Crimean War Research Society),

October 2004, co-author.

‘The Origins of Women’s Peace Campaigning’

History Today, March 2002.

‘Stalin and the Photographer’

On the US photojournalist James Abbe, History Today, June 2001.




'What's New in Historical Biography', Mslexia, Mar/Apr/May 2012 issue

'How the Victorians Made a Killing out of Death’ The Lady,

2 December 2011

‘Beauty and the Whiter-than-White-Blackmail’

You Magazine, Mail on Sunday, March 2010  www.dailymail.co.uk      

‘In the Company of Lenin’

 Points of Departure feature, History Today, October 2009.

‘Helen Rappaport’s Top 10 Books on Lenin’

Guardian, September 2009  www.guardian.co.uk

‘The ‘Very Nicely Spoken Gentleman’ at the Heart of Anti-Tsarist Activity’: Lenin in London

The Cable, Magazine of the Jewish East End Celebration Society,

Issue 14, Spring 2011

'A New School',  in 'The Historians' Historians', History Today, 

December 2011

'The Death that Rocked the Monarchy', BBC History Magazine,

December 2011

'To and from Russia (without love): Culture and Diplomacy between Britain and Russia from 1509 to 1685' 

V&A Magazine, Spring  2013

'Privilege, Passion and the last Russian princesses', You Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 23 March 2014

‘Mister Heath: The English Tutor who Taught Nicholas II to be the Perfect Gentleman’, Royalty Digest Quarterly, 2016 no. 2.


Review of Felix Yusupov's Lost Splendour and the Death of Rasputin, in The Times 24 December 2016

Review of Robert Service's Nicholas II: the Last of the Tsars, in

The Times 25 February 2017

Catherine Merridale, Lenin on the Train, Sunday Times, 23 October 2016

Douglas Smith, Rasputin, Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2016