Books, Writing and Appearances

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Majesty's Book of the Month, Life in the Georgian Court, and its sequel, also Majesty's Book of the Month, Kings of Georgian Britain, are available now. These true tales of 18th century royalty are scandalous, shocking and sometimes just a little bit tragic...

The Crown Spire, a novel of Edinburgh highwaymen, is available now worldwide. You can also treat yourself to French Revolutionary romance, The Star of Versailles!


The Mistress of Blackstairs , my novel of the brothels of Georgian Covent Garden, out now.

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Meet Me!
You can hear me speak or get a book signed at the events below:
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An Evening with Jane Austen, Jane Austen Festival, Bath, 10th September 2017 TICKETS

A magical evening with Jane Austen’s most memorable characters, from the comic absurdity of the Dashwoods to the heartfelt passion of Wentworth and Anne, not to mention the charming duplicity of the notorious Mr Wickham! With Caroline Langrishe and Adrian Lukis, alongside period musical entertainment from  Rosie Lomas and Camilla Pay. The evening will be introduced by historian and author, Catherine Curzon.

Jane Austen and the King of Bling, Jane Austen Festival, Bath, 11th September 2017 TICKETS

This lively talk delves into the sometimes shocking, always scandalous, private life of ‘the first gentleman of England’. It suggests why Austen boldly declared she ‘hated’ this monarch even after she was his honoured guest at London’s most prestigious address. The other side to this saucy Sovereign was a man who championed Jane Austen and her works which secured the Regent his very own dedication from the author he adored.

The Mad King and the Coronation Chair, Stamford Georgian Festival, 23rd September 2017 TICKETS

The madness of George III is legendary. Restrained, gagged, blistered and plied with leeches, the king suffered humiliating and brutal treatment at the hands of those who were charged with his care. In a country wracked by upheaval both at home and abroad, the monarch’s madness left Britain in turmoil whilst, imprisoned at Kew, he ranted and foamed at the mouth.

The Curious Story of Peter the Wild Boy, Stamford Georgian Festival, 24th September 2017 TICKETS

In 1725, hunters led by King George I captured a feral child in the forests of Germany and took him home as a pet. Nicknamed ‘Peter the wild boy’ the little boy became a novelty at court and was brought to England to entertain and amuse the royals. Living in palaces, adored by princesses and heralded as a celebrity, Peter was a curiosity to thrill seekers and scholars alike. Yet when the glamour faded, what became of Peter the wild boy and, more to the point, where did he come from?


An Evening with Jane Austen, Stamford Georgian Festival, 24th September 2017 TICKETS
Join us for a magical evening in the company of Jane Austen’s most memorable characters introduced by Catherine Curzon and performed by actors Caroline Langrishe, star of such BBC favourites as Lovejoy and Judge John Deed and Adrian Lukis, a familiar face from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and ITV’s Downton.

Past Events

The Scandalous George IV, Cannon Hall, West Yorkshire, 7th July 2017


Mania and Melancholy - mental health in the eighteenth century, Dr Johnson's House, London, 19th April 2017, Dr Johnson's House, London

A Celebration of Jane Austen with Adrian Lukis, 5th March 2017, Huddersfield


Emma Hamilton: Seduction Late with the Georgian dining Academy, 14th February, The National Maritime Museum, London

Dr Johnson's Birthday Supper with the Georgian Dining Academy, 22nd September 2016, Dr Johnson's House, London 


Sam & George: When Dr Johnson met George III, 18th September 2016, Lichfield Guildhall


An Evening with Jane Austen, 4th September 2016, The Royal Pavilion, Brighton


Professional Credits
It's always a pleasure to receive a commission, and you can review my credits below:


BBC History Extra
Extreme Georgian Beauty Regimes: April 2016

History Answers
A Marriage Made in Hell: September 2015
The Murderous King George I: July 2016



Jane Austen’s Regency World

An Evening with Jane Austen, Interview with Adrian Lukis: May 2016

All About History
Extensive entries in the All About History bookazines of US Presidents, Pirates and Scandal.
Winston Churchill, Hero or Villain?: December 2015
Mutiny on the Bounty: January 2016
The All About History Book of American Presidents: February 2016
15 Craziest Assassination Plots: May 2016
The Great Fire of London: September 2016
The Somme: From Both Sides of the Wire review: September 2016
Versailles review: September 2016
Britain's Forgotten Bodysnatchers review: September 2016
How Absinthe Intoxicated the Bourgeoisie: September 2016
History's Weirdest Weddings: October 2016
The Carlton House Set: October 2016
The History of Sleep review: October 2016
A-Z of Victorian Crime review: October 2016
Vlad the Impaler: October 2016
Three Sisters, Three Queens review: November 2016
Marie de Guise: Scourge of Henry VIII review: November 2016
Accession review: December 2016
Edward IV & Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance review: December 2016
What if Louis XVI had Lived: February 2017
Murder in the House of Romanov review: June 2017

History of Royals
Marie Antoinette’s Extreme Makeover: April 2016
Grace Kelly, From Hollywood to Monaco: April 2016
Franz Ferdinand, The Jaegermeister: May 2016
Francis II, A King Without a Kingdom: June 2016
Ivan VI, The Lost Tsar: July 2016
Sisi of Austria, Beauty Queen: July 2016 
The Mayerling Incident: October 2016
Princess Margaret's Forbidden Love: November 2016
The House of Hanover: November 2016
A Polish Love Story: December 2016
The Lioness of Brittany: February 2017
Haemophilia: The Royal Disease: March 2017
Fred and George: A Family at War: May 2017
The House of Bernadotte: June 2017
The Sture Murders: July 2017

Explore History
Capability Brown Gardens: May 2016
WWII Museums in France: May 2016
Octavia Hill, Heritage Hero: May 2016
Landmark Trust Stays: June 2016
Roman Roads in the North of England: June 2016
The Best Temples in Bangkok: June 2016
Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, Heritage Hero: June 2016
Serbian WWII Memorials: July 2016
Strange Places, Kizhi Island: June 2016
Strange Places, Drakelow Tunnels: July 2016
Iron Age Hillforts in South West England: July 2016
Tombs in Lahorre: July 2016
Historic German Palaces: July 2016
Strange Places, Tintic Standard Reduction Mill: August 2016
Hungarian Castles: August 2016
Incan Ruins in South America: August 2016
Presidential History Museums in the USA: August 2016
Lighthouses in the Republic of Ireland: August 2016
Mining Museums in Wales: August 2016
Circus Maximus: August 2016
The Baths of Caracalla: August 2016
Churches in Venice: September 2016
Historic Gardens in MarrakechSeptember 2016
Tin Mines in CornwallSeptember 2016
Martello Towers in JerseySeptember 2016
Museum ships in SwedenSeptember 2016
Strange Places, The Italian Chapel, Lamb Holm: September 2016
Strange Places, Santa Roma de Sau: October 2016
Abbeys in Cambridgeshire: October 2016
Ancient Egyptian Temples: October 2016
The Castles and Palaces of Corfu: October 2016
Hiroshima Memorial Sites: October 2016
Stone Circles in North Scotland: October 2016
My Favourite Places: Alexander Vlahos: October 2016
George III and Kew Palace: October 2016
Living History Museums in the South of England: November 2016
Communist-Era Monuments in Bulgaria: November 2016
War Memorials in France: November 2016
Mills in Norfolk: November 2016
Ancient Greek Ruins: November 2016


Author Museums in New York: December 2016
Painted Monasteries in Romania: December 2016
Dargavs Village: December 2016
Historic Transport on the Isle of Man: December 2016
Restoring Brodsworth Hall: December 2016
Giant Buddhas of Japan: December 2016
Castles in North Wales: January 2017
Hidden Cemeteries of Paris: January 2017
Castles of Copenhagen: January 2017
Rural Life Museums in East Anglia: January 2017
Synagogues of Prague: January 2017
Temples of Kathmandu: January 2017
Historic Galloway Churches: January 2017
Battle Memorials in Belgium: January 2017
Georgian Stately Homes in Northern England: January 2017
The Mystery of Amelia Earheart: February 2017
The Leatherlips Monument: February 2017