Category Archives: Reviews

Strong Words Lady Private Eyes

‘Throughout history, the PI role has been seen as a job for an unshaven male in a raincoat in need … read more

Secret Sleuths Review

‘Pioneering women detectives are emerging from the shadows and gaining their rightful place in history books’.

Dr Nell Darby, author … read more

Spectator Review

Julie Bindel has reviewed Queens of the Underworld  for The Spectator:

‘A rollicking account of all kinds of crime committed … read more

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine has reviewed Queens of the Underworld, and concluded that ‘many of them … read more

Rebellious Women

Warwick Globalist has run a review of Bad Girls, by Arts & Culture editor Isaac Little. ‘A compelling and … read more

Downstream a top ten Thames book

The Guardian has published a list of the ‘top ten books about the River Thames’, compiled by Caroline Crampton, author … read more

London Review of Books: Bad Girls

The London Review of Books has covered Bad Girls in its latest edition, providing a potted history of HMP Holloway.… read more

Strong Words reviews Daisy Belle

‘Set in a moment of the 19th century when showbusiness fell in love with swimming, young Daisy Belle’s aptitude for … read more

Outdoor Swimming Society reviews Daisy Belle

‘ Daisy Belle is a love letter to a forgotten golden age of swimming…Davies has a beautiful turn of phrase. … read more

The Monitor reviews Bad Girls

The Independent Monitor, the magazine for the Association of Independent Monitoring Boards in prisons, has reviewed Bad Girls in … read more

Writers Review reviews Bad Girls

The award winning author Sheena Wilkinson, described by the Irish Times as ‘one of our foremost writers for young people’, … read more

The Toronto Star reviews Bad Girls

The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest online news site, has chosen Bad Girls as one of five new books that … read more

Book Bloggers Review Daisy Belle

The #RandomThingsTours has resulted in some wonderful reviews for Daisy Belle:

‘I raced through the book almost as fast … read more

Daisy Belle launches on Pigeonhole

Daisy Belle began serialisation on The Pigeonhole this week and it has been a surreal experience being able to read … read more

Daisy Belle Blog Tour Reviews

Reviews are coming in on the Daisy Belle blog tour, organised by Anne Cater of RandomThingsTours.

‘Daisy is such an … read more

Ripperologist reviews Bad Girls


‘In Bad Girls Caitlin Davies expertly tells the story of Holloway Prison, largely through its prisoners…The journey on which … read more

BBC History Magazine reviews Bad Girls

‘A biography of a prison over its lifetime, adding to the few single study accounts that we have of British … read more

Islington History Society reviews Bad Girls

‘This history of Holloway Prison examines what sort of women prisoners were held there, what crimes they had committed, and … read more

Who Do You Think You Are reviews Bad Girls

‘A highly readable history…As the group Reclaim Holloway campaigns for the (prison) site to include a Women’s Building to help … read more

Camden New Journal reviews Bad Girls

‘Bad Girls offers many great tales of those who called the now-closed Holloway prison their home…and Caitlin Davies delves into … read more

History Revealed reviews Bad Girls

‘Women who broke the law throughout much of British history often also broke another taboo: what was expected of their … read more

The Telegraph reviews Bad Girls

‘Caitlin Davies’ revealing account of the jail’s 164-year history offers overwhelming evidence for her thesis, that ‘ever since Holloway opened, … read more

Stylist picks Bad Girls as an ‘unmissable’ read

Stylist chose Bad Girls as one of its ‘unmissable books to read this spring’.

‘Through the story of its inmates, … read more

The Observer reviews Bad Girls

‘Caitlin Davies meticulously records a much-needed and balanced history of this home to ‘royalty and socialites, spies and prostitutes, Nazis … read more

The Sunday Times reviews Bad Girls

‘Davies’ absorbing study serves up just enough sensationalism – and eccentricity – along with its serious inquiry. (She) uses the … read more

‘A Ripping Good Read’ – Jeremy Corbyn MP

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, is MP for Islington North – the borough … read more

The Bookseller reviews Bad Girls

‘Readable, compelling and illuminating history of HM Prison Holloway and of the women from all walks for life who have … read more