My research focuses on postwar British literature and contemporary fiction, especially women's writing. I am an expert on Joe Orton and have published a book on Kate Atkinson and essays on Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Waters, Michèle Roberts, Rose Tremain, Graham Swift, Martin Amis, and Will Self. My work examines gender and sexuality, and I am especially interested in non-normative genders. I am also interested in literary representations of Thatcherism. I am co-editor (with Mary Eagleton) of The History of British Women's Writing, 1970 -Present (Palgrave, 2015) and (with Suzanne Keen) of the journal Contemporary Women's Writing, published by Oxford University Press and winner of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals' 'Best New Journal' award 2009. I have appeared on BBC Radio 4 'Woman's Hour' and the 'Today' programme.