This site is a continuation of my previous blog, Laura Reading Books, where I reviewed a wide range of literary fiction and a sprinkling of non-fiction from 2011 to 2015. This blog will feature three types of post: reviews of both novels and historical monographs, discussion of my historical research into childhood, youth and age in twentieth-century Britain, and posts about the research I’ve done for my historical novels-in-progress. You can find out more about my research here, and my fiction here.
I’m currently a Stipendiary Lecturer in History at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and I also write fiction. From September 2017, I will be a temporary Assistant Professor in British History since 1945 at the University of Durham, and from May 2018, I will be starting a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London, researching ‘Adolescents’ conceptions of adulthood in Britain, c.1950 to the present day’.
My life so far: I was born in Surrey and nearly missed moving to Washington DC with my parents and sister at the age of two when I escaped their clutches on the morning we were meant to catch the QE2, and was found in the nick of time chatting to the chef in the hotel kitchen and eating cake. In Washington, I deliberately hung on to my English accent for showing-off purposes, but still sometimes say ‘fall’ and ‘sidewalk’ by mistake. I returned to the UK at the age of seven and spent the rest of my early youth in the middle of nowhere in Wiltshire, in a hamlet where there was once a scandal over the repainting of the local postbox. I was excited to gain a place at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, to read history, because it meant I could head to the big city at last. Indeed, there were shops within walking distance of my college room! City life in the fenland was so thrilling that I stayed for the next nine years, getting a masters at Trinity Hall and my PhD at King’s, although I took a year off to work at Haus Publishing in London. In 2014, I finally defected to The Other Place, and now live in Oxford, where there are hills.
I can be contacted at laura.tisdall[at]gmail.com.