I am Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London.

I am the author of four works of cultural history in which I explore the relationship between works of literature, the times they’re written in, the impact of history on the books and the lives of the creators of the books, and how both the life shapes the work and the work shapes the life.



The Group

Writing War, Writing Lives

The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich

Literature, Cinema and Politics 1930-1945: Reading Between the Frames

Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing