Category Archives: News & Press Coverage

Peabody buys HMP Holloway Site

Peabody has acquired the site of HMP Holloway Prison and has announced its intention to build 1000 homes, of which … read more

Care Experienced Conference

Family Likeness features in a series of book cover rocks to be displayed during The Care Experienced Conference at Liverpool … read more

Isle of Thanet News

The Isle of Thanet News has featured the Daisy Belle event at the Broadstairs Literary Festival, where I’ll be talking … read more

Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the V&A

I’m thrilled to be starting work at the magnificent Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, … read more

Swimming with Seals

Last May I was lucky enough to swim with seals in the Scilly Isles, thanks to a trip organised by … read more

The Ponds film premiere

The Ponds: Still Waters Run Deep follows the swimmers of Hampstead Heath over the course of a year. It’s a … read more

‘Lady swimmers who conquered the world’

An interview in the Ham & High about the women who inspired Daisy Belle, ‘the story of a courageous Victorian … read more

The famous Hornsey Road Baths

Hornsey Road Baths in Islington, north London, were once known far and wide for staging performances by international swimming champions, … read more

Edith Thompson Reburial

The hearse arrives at City of London Cemetery


November 22, 2018

Edith Thompson, executed at Holloway Prison in 1923 … read more

Courageous Women Tour

The Ham & High covers the Unbound Courageous Women bookshop tour.… read more

Bad Girls Audio Book

Bad Girls has been released as an audio book by ISIS Audio Books, narrated by Annie Aldington.… read more

Mercedes Gleitze Biography

In 1927, Mercedes Gleitze became the first British woman to swim the English Channel. Now her daughter Doloranda Pember has … read more

Bad Girls Paperback

Bad Girls will be published in paperback on February 21st, 2019, with a brand new cover!… read more

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine

This month’s Outdoor Swimmer Magazine features Daisy Belle and a chat with Ella Foote about the women and ponds that … read more

Author in the Spotlight

I joined the Portobello Book Blog to answer questions about Daisy Belle and the writing life

and Laura Morningstar for … read more

The Victorian Women Who Inspired Daisy Belle


Daisy Belle was inspired by two forgotten Victorian champions – Agnes Beckwith and Annie Luker. Here’s a guest post … read more

Audio Book for Daisy Belle


Daisy Belle is a ‘must read’ for September on Bookchoice. It is one of eight featured books, offered … read more


I joined journalist Ella Foote this week for a ‘swimterview’ at the Mixed Pond on Hampstead Heath in London, the … read more

openDemocracy features Bad Girls


‘Black women were disproportionately jailed and mistreated in London’s infamous Holloway Prison’ – openDemocracy, the independent global media … read more

Inspirational Agnes

The Camden New Journal ran a feature on the inspiration behind Daisy Belle, ‘a woman born into a world that … read more

Read Daisy Belle on The Pigeonhole

Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World  will be offered to readers via The Pigeonhole next month. Subscribing to The … read more

Daisy Belle Blog Tour

Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World will be on a blog tour in August. The tour will include reviews, … read more

Daisy Belle is Born

July 18th

The first copies of Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World arrived today, the culmination of a crowdfunding … read more

American students study Bad Girls

As from this autumn, students at Endicott College in the USA will be studying Bad Girls as part of their … read more

Swimming, Books & Courageous Women

The new books magazine Strong Words has run an interview on the background to Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the read more

Holloway Prison Exhibition

Islington Museum will be putting on an exhibition about Holloway Prison, with a focus on ‘the voices which remain unknown … read more

Almeida Theatre & Bad Girls


June 12th

Last night was press night at the Almeida Theatre in Islington, London, for a new production of … read more

Suffragette Banners

Following a talk about the suffragettes and Holloway Prison at HMP Downview in Surrey earlier this year, inmates produced stunning … read more

10 Wonderful Books About Swimming

Strong Words, a new magazine about books, has listed ’10 wonderful books about swimming’, both fiction and non-fiction. They … read more

Jewish Chronicle extract


The Jewish Chronicle has run an extract from Bad Girls, from one of the chapters about Holloway Prison … read more