Caitlin Davies is a novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist and teacher, and many of her books are inspired by forgotten women from history.

Her latest non-fiction book, Bad Girls, tells the story of Holloway Prison and was nominated for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, 2019. She is currently working on Queens of the Underworld, a history of daring crooks, to be published by The History Press in 2021.

Caitlin has written six novels and six non-fiction books, and many have a watery theme including Taking the Waters, Downstream and Daisy Belle.

Some are set in Botswana, including Place of Reeds, a memoir of 12 years living in the village of Maun. Others are set in the UK, including The Ghost of Lily Painter based on a true case of Edwardian baby farming.

If you’re interested in knowing where ideas for books come from, and the joys of research (!), then she hopes you’ll enjoy this website.

Caitlin is also an executor of the literary estate of her mother, Margaret Forster.

Author photo: Florence Akano