Professor of English and Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University

I am a cultural historian with a particular interest in everyday life. Alongside my academic research, I write regularly for newspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, the Financial Times, the New Statesman, The Times, Times Higher Education, BBC History Magazine, History Today, Literary Review and others. My books include Queuing for Beginners (2007), On Roads: A Hidden History (2009) and Armchair Nation: An Intimate History of Britain in Front of the TV (2013). My book Shrinking Violets: A Field Guide to Shyness was published by Profile Books in the UK in 2016. A revised American edition, Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness, has just been published by Yale University Press.

Experience

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    Professor of English and Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University