I studied English and History at undergraduate level at Keele and stayed on to complete an MA in Twentieth-Century British Fiction. I finished my doctorate on 1950s British fiction in 2001. I have taught at a number of Universities including Staffordshire University, Birmingham University and the Open University before taking up my post as lecturer in English Literature at Keele in January 2005.
My main research interests are in twentieth-century literature and literary and cultural theory, and more specifically in the connections between postmodernism, postcolonialism and contemporary fiction and culture. I have published two monographs: Radical Fictions: The English Novel in the 1950s (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007), Contemporary British Fiction (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008), Martin Amis (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2015) and Contemporary British Fiction (London: Palgrave, 2017). I have also had several journal articles published on post-Second World War literature and culture.
I am currently working on a book on youth subcultures in postwar fiction.
I am a member of the Executive Committees of:
BACLS: The British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies
The Literary London Society
The UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies
And a member of:
BAMS: The British Association of Modernist Studies
MLA: Modern Languages Association