Here you can find snippets from the reviews and details of some discussions of my book ‘Radical reformers and respectable rebels: how the two lives of Grace Oakeshott defined an era’:

From the reviews:

‘A narrative nonfiction…….page turner.’

Helen Bynum in Times Higher Education

‘..this book is an intriguing story but also a fascinating account of various aspects of early 1900s society.’

Your Family History

‘…diverting, deftly written account of the entertainingly scandalous life of Grace Oakeshott….’

Christopher Moore in The New Zealand Listener

‘…a readable and informative book which will appeal to those interested in local and social history as well as in this often intriguing biography.’

Brian Lancaster in the Bulletin of the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society

‘This is social history at its most provocative and useful.’

Katie Pickles in Social History

‘In reading it, I was nostalgically reminded of the excitement of the women’s history books and reprints produced by Virago in the 1980s,

when the joys of encountering a new publication in women’s history could be shared with all one’s women friends and not just with other academics. (…..) It has lessons to teach us all,

not just about Grace Oakeshott, but about ways forward in writing a new style of engaging women’s history.’

Maggie Andrews in Women’s History Review

Interviews, Talks & Articles

‘How Grace Oakeshott faked her death in 1907 and fled to New Zealand’ Radio New Zealand, Nine to Noon for Tuesday, 5th April 2016.

‘Radical Reformers and Respectable Rebels’, RadioLive New Zealand, Sunday, 10th April 2016.

Interview with Paul Little for North & South, New Zealand Books, Notes & Queries, June 2016, p.102.

‘Finding Other People’s Secrets’ by Jocelyn Robson. Discover Your Ancestors, June 2016. p.14-18.

Interview with Jenni Murray, BBC Woman’s Hour, Radio 4, 7th September 2016

Discussion with Alice Fiennes recorded for Episode 5 of the podcast ‘Pseudocide’ that she made with Poppy Damon, which was released in April 2021:

A recording of a talk given in New Zealand by Grace’s grand-daughter, Cherry Dingemans, about her family which has been included in the Hawkes Bay Knowledge Bank: