Rachel Richardson

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I moved from California to London for the history, and I fell in with a ‘bad crowd’ (publishing). Now I’m a rights agent for children’s books by day, historian and writer by night.

I received my doctorate in history from Birkbeck, University of London in 2014. My PhD thesis was titled “Home away from the home front: The British in the Balkans during the Great War.”

I’ve always been fascinated by the stories in history and the history in stories. As a historian and as a publishing professional, I’m drawn to the way history is published and represented and the role that publishing and story-telling has had in history.

My primary focus is Anglophone culture during the early twentieth century. My research interests include leisure, personal relationships, sex, feminism, travel, and experiences of war.




2 thoughts on “Rachel Richardson

  1. As part of my English studies – I am discovering that the subject of “Charles Ryder Mother” (Women in Service during wars) is not sufficiently highlighted and not given it’s due praise.
    To further my studies, I am interested in reading the article you mentioned, from Claire Hirshfield. Despite lengthy searching on the Internet, there seems to be a limited Websites offering this work.
    Could you provide me with advice on how to obtain the work,?


    • Hi Nigel, you could try asking your library to get it through Interlibrary loan. I think that’s how I originally received it! But there are plenty of excellent books about women’s war work published now.


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