Caitlin Davies is a novelist, non-fiction writer, teacher, mentor and journalist.

She’s the author of six novels and seven non-fiction books, many of which are inspired by forgotten women from history.

Some are set in Botswana, where she lived for 12 years, including her memoir Place of Reeds. Others are set in the UK, such as Taking the Waters, Downstream, and Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World.

Her more recent books have a criminal theme, from The Ghost of Lily Painter, based on a true case of Edwardian baby farming, to Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison, nominated for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, 2019.

Her latest non-fiction book is Queens of the Underworld, a history of daring crooks from the 17th century to today, to be published by The History Press in October 2021.

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